Critic Consensus: Selena occasionally struggles to tell its subject's story with depth or perspective, but those flaws are rendered largely irrelevant by Jennifer Lopez in the title role.
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Critic Reviews for Selena
What makes this movie work is Jennifer Lopez's electric performance as Selena, capturing the charismatic aspects of Selena's stage persona and the essence of her maturity as a growing woman.
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.
By the end of the film, Selena has been all but canonized.
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.
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?
Audience Reviews for Selena
Even if you have never listened to her music, you will still appreciate this film.
Heartbreaking! A must see!
The story of a girl who had the spirit to believe in a dream and the courage to make it come true.
|Juan Luis:||Anything for Salinas!|
|Abraham Quintanilla:||No female has ever made it and now you're number one. You cracked the Tejano market wide open. You walked into Mexico and they don't even accept Mexican-Americans and they love you, and now?|
|Selena Quintanilla:||And now... gringos. Disney World!|
|Abraham Quintanilla:||You remember?|
|Abraham Quintanilla:||And all the barriers that have stopped people before... and you went through them like they didn't exist. Maybe for you they don't exist. I love you, and I'm very proud of you.|
|Selena Quintanilla:||You know, I was just thinking, I've never seen you dance. Do you dance?|
|Chris Perez:||Dance? Oh yea, I dance. Yea, I put on my white shoes and black jacket and dance like John Travolta.|
|Selena Quintanilla:||Yea, well, we can dance this. Come on. Let me see you dance.|
|Chris Perez:||I was just kidding.|