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Calle 54 Reviews

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May 11, 2001
Even casual listeners will have a hard time not enjoying the often complex sounding and clearly infectious music.
May 11, 2001
It is easy to imagine Calle 54 having a long shelf life on home video after its run in theaters. It can be played over and over again with increasing satisfaction.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 11, 2001
A good listen without being a particularly good watch.
May 11, 2001
See Calle 54 and your life -- at least for a couple of hours (more if you pick up the soundtrack) -- will be enriched, if only for the bounce in your step.
May 11, 2001
The knowledge of the musicians' connection to one another makes it the most touching interlude in an overlong but nevertheless entertaining film.
May 11, 2001
Anyone seeing this happily contagious film will just have to have a copy.
May 11, 2001
There's not been a more infectious jazz performance screen treat since 1959's classic Jazz on a Summer's Day.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
May 11, 2001
If the list of names in paragraph three means something to you, then Calle 54 is absolutely worth the price of admission. If you recognized no one but Tito Puente, Calle 54 probably isn't for you.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
May 11, 2001
The sound is terrific, the rhythms infectious and the artistic passions palpable. We wager that you'll leave this one looking for the nearest place to nab the soundtrack.
May 10, 2001
A brilliantly conceived and elegantly realized documentary tribute to Latin jazz, it packs more drama into each of its 12 musical tableaux than most feature films manage in two hours.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
May 10, 2001
This is one summer movie with real sizzle.
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
May 10, 2001
The moving moments in Calle 54 are isolated, mainly because Trueba's approach, while ensuring a killer soundtrack, is too scattershot to satisfy.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
May 10, 2001
Descriptions of great art are, of course, ultimately irrelevant, and Trueba knew we'd have to experience his passion for ourselves. He's offering a dazzling invitation -- take him up on it.
May 10, 2001
Lacking the narrative didacticism of a documentary, Calle 54 functions more as Trueba's celluloid top-ten list of favorite Afro-Cuban musicians, captured lovingly in warmly-lit studio performances.
May 10, 2001
Music and movies are two of the great international languages, something Fernando Trueba's Calle 54 proves with wide smiles and an irresistible beat.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
May 10, 2001
Trueba loves Latino jazz and this inspiring musical documentary beautifully reflects his appreciation and wonder.
May 9, 2001
A loving Buena Vista Social Club -style hymn to the rhythm and life of salsa.
May 3, 2001
The film will greatly appeal to current fans of the musical genre and should win over more than a few converts.
February 7, 2001
You come away with more appreciation of how inclusive Latin jazz, with its roots in Africa, really is.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
January 1, 2000
The film is such a pure expression of the director's love for the music, a love so infectious it should leave you elated.
Read More | Original Score: 4.5/5
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