Calle 54 - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Calle 54 Reviews

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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
May 11, 2001
A good listen without being a particularly good watch.
Daniel Eagan
Film Journal International
January 1, 2000
Calls attention to deserving musicians, but in an oddly cautious style that would fit comfortably onto a PBS fund drive.
Amanda Morrison
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.
Pam Grady
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.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Mike Bell
Jam! Movies
July 20, 2001
The music at times seems to hover above its roots and appears detached from the characters ... creating it.
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Globe and Mail
August 21, 2004
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
April 22, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
July 18, 2001
As much a thrill to watch as it is to listen to, a rare combination for a concert film.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
June 4, 2001
The moments are there. They sneak up on you.
Frank Ochieng
November 5, 2001
A festive experience for those who are willing to embrace Latin jazz, but it doesn't reveal anything beyond a peek at a two hour celluloid concert in session.
Full Review| Original Score: 3/5
Joe Baltake
Sacramento Bee
July 27, 2001
There is much to be said for a music film that seems to be playing directly to us, the viewers.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
May 10, 2001
Trueba loves Latino jazz and this inspiring musical documentary beautifully reflects his appreciation and wonder.
Rob Blackwelder
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
Sean Axmaker
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
May 11, 2001
Lacks history, background and cultural roots, but it's undeniably infectious.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Dan Lybarger
Nitrate Online
June 10, 2001
Calle 54 is an engaging sampler of Latin jazz and its permutations.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Elvis Mitchell
New York Times
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.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
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.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
May 10, 2001
This is one summer movie with real sizzle.
| Original Score: 5/5
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Mike Clark
USA Today
May 11, 2001
There's not been a more infectious jazz performance screen treat since 1959's classic Jazz on a Summer's Day.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Joshua Tanzer
March 11, 2003
You can find half a dozen things to complain about and yet enjoy every minute of the film completely.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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