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Selena Reviews

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Top Critic
Todd McCarthy
March 27, 2009
Selena surmounts its connect-the-dots approach to its heroine's life to create an appealing, energetic look at a too-briefly soaring musical star.
Felix Gonzalez Jr.
DVD Review
September 28, 2007
Jennifer Lopez ... elevates the film immensely with her radiant and energetic performance.
Brian Webster
Apollo Guide
September 17, 2007
A well-meaning but bland and shallow salute to Selena.
| Original Score: 66/100
Don Willmott
September 14, 2007
What a biography. And what a screenplay.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Felix Gonzalez Jr.
DVD Review
September 5, 2007
Even in its sappiest moments, Jennifer Lopez's performance and Selena's music shine through.
| Original Score: 3/5
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Film Threat
July 13, 2007
In spite of Jennifer Lopez' strong performance, it doesn't save an incomplete story that only covers some of Selena's life.
| Original Score: 3/5
Emanuel Levy
February 3, 2007
In her first major, star-making role, Jennifer Lopez is compelling, but the rest of this showbiz biopic is shallow and excessively melodramatic, like most of Gregory Nava's films.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Michael Dequina
September 18, 2005
Lopez's commanding presence makes up for any of the script's shortcomings.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
April 9, 2005
Jennifer Lopez is outstanding as Selena, lending ability and grace to the stage numbers, in particular, but throughout the film, in general.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Fred Topel
December 17, 2003
Beautiful movie, Lopez's best work
| Original Score: 4/5
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
May 20, 2003
By the end of the film, Selena has been all but canonized.
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
March 16, 2003
Not only gives you some insight into a talented young singer, but some insight into Chicano life in the U.S. Most of all, it is a solid love story.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Margaret A. McGurk
Cincinnati Enquirer
October 15, 2002
On the whole, the movie bogs down in reverence for Selena and her family; I lost count of the speeches about believing in yourself and making dreams come true.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
August 26, 2002
About a Mexican-American singer who fufilled her calling in life.
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Edward Guthmann
San Francisco Chronicle
June 18, 2002
Nava, who started his feature-film career with El Norte, is a good director who invariably finds a strong rapport with his actors. He's not much of a writer, though, and he should think twice about creating dialogue for his future projects.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jean Oppenheimer
Boxoffice Magazine
June 5, 2002
Jennifer Lopez is sensational. She not only looks remarkably like the real star, but she radiates the same incredible energy, warmth, style and magnetism for which the young pop singer was known.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Leslie Rigoulot
Film Scouts
April 17, 2002
That the story is bland, boring, and way too long at two hours and eleven minutes is beside the point. She has been beatified, so the film will make millions.
Alicia Potter
Boston Phoenix
March 24, 2002
The film mocks Selena's short life by dragging on forever.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
May 11, 2001
Missing is a sense of the interior life behind the smiling face that Selena showed the world. What of the drive that led her to music? What comfort did she find in it? What pain?
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James Berardinelli
January 1, 2000
This is a simple story of hope and triumph, of one girl with the drive to succeed defying the odds and following her dream. It's not an original tale -- movies like this abound -- but Nava's point-of-view is fresh.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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