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Talento de Barrio Reviews

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Joseph Jon Lanthier
Slant Magazine

This is a riches-to-riches story.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 2.5/4

October 15, 2008
Robert Koehler
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As blatant vehicles for rising rappers go, Talento de barrio won't do much to help Puerto Rican hip-hopper Daddy Yankee.

Full Review Source: Variety

October 10, 2008
Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
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It's not edgy or tight enough for all its grit and vitality to overcome the familiarity of its material to satisfy more demanding viewers.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 2/5

October 10, 2008
V.A. Musetto
New York Post
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Reggaeton star Daddy Yankee holds his own in his big-screen acting debut, Talento de Barrio. Too bad he's saddled with a generic script, based loosely on his own life.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 1/4

October 10, 2008
Tim Cogshell
Boxoffice Magazine

Violence in cinema has become so prevalent that all of its shock value is lost (at least on this critic), but the underlying story here is pithy still.

Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine | Original Score: 2.5/5

October 10, 2008
Neil Genzlinger
New York Times
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The violence-laden story, such as it is, is ineptly stitched together; it's unclear who is shooting at whom and why; and the dialogue seldom advances beyond "Yo, dog" and "Whassup?" The soundtrack is the only draw here.

| Original Score: 1.5/5

October 10, 2008
Tim Grierson
L.A. Weekly
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A vile, stupid, violent-crime drama that would be laughable if its content weren't so toxic.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

October 9, 2008
Monika Fabian
Time Out New York
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Just as reggaetón is a fusion of hip-hop, reggae and traditional Puerto Rican rhythms, Talento de Barrio is also a mixture, albeit a woefully derivative one, of 8 Mile, Menace II Society and Carlito's Way.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 2/6

October 8, 2008
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