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Buena Vista Social Club Reviews

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
Goatdog's Movies
February 28, 2002
It is a nearly perfect collection of music. The film of the same name, however, is deeply flawed.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
June 15, 2006
Cooder is obviously enthralled by the music and the musicians, but it's hardly communicated in a clubby film record that's likely to win few fans outside aficionados.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Madeleine Williams
Cinematter
January 1, 2000
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Afsheen Nomai
Common Sense Media
January 1, 2011
Cuban musicians tell their life stories.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
January 29, 2003
| Original Score: 3/5
James Rocchi
Netflix
November 7, 2002
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Prairie Miller
WBAI Web Radio
April 12, 2007
Reflects that flavorful, outspoken, provocative, distinctly Cuban Latino-centricity, a weapon against the prolonged U.S. blockade.
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
August 7, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
May 26, 2006
Wenders... is not interested in too many hows, whys, whens, or wheres. He simply wants to spotlight this band and its stories, and he succeeds.
Christopher Null
Filmcritic.com
January 1, 2000
| Original Score: 3/5
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
February 17, 2003
| Original Score: 3/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
January 1, 2000
Can such music make a dilapidated Cuba bearable?
Full Review | Original Score: B
Arthur Lazere
culturevulture.net
January 1, 2000
If there is a predominant theme in this music, it is the bittersweet love lyric - love and passion found, love lost, time passing by.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
March 5, 2002
A relaxed and entertaining documentary about a group of talented Cuban musicians.
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
April 9, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Sean Axmaker
Seanax.com
February 7, 2010
... celebrates the beauty of Cuba's art while showing how it effortlessly crosses cultures.
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
January 1, 2000
| Original Score: 4.5/5
Bryant Frazer
Bryant Frazer's Deep Focus
January 1, 2000
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Jim Shelby
Palo Alto Weekly
May 20, 2003
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Sam Adams
Philadelphia City Paper
January 1, 2000
Joe Baltake
Sacramento Bee
January 1, 2000
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
January 1, 2000
Peter Curran
Sight and Sound
March 5, 2002
Philip Elwood
San Francisco Examiner
January 1, 2000
Stuart Klawans
The Nation
January 1, 2000
Bruce Kirkland
Jam! Movies
January 1, 2000
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Richard Gehr
Village Voice
January 1, 2000
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Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture
January 1, 2000
Hal Hinson
Anchorage Press
June 12, 2001

E! Online
January 1, 2000

Irish Times
January 1, 2000

Boston Phoenix
March 24, 2002

Boxoffice Magazine
June 5, 2002
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Houston Chronicle
July 21, 2005
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Time Out
June 24, 2006

Sight and Sound
June 18, 2012
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