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Calle 54 Reviews

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May 11, 2001
A good listen without being a particularly good watch.
January 1, 2000
Calls attention to deserving musicians, but in an oddly cautious style that would fit comfortably onto a PBS fund drive.
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
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
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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August 21, 2004
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
April 22, 2005
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
July 18, 2001
As much a thrill to watch as it is to listen to, a rare combination for a concert film.
June 4, 2001
The moments are there. They sneak up on you.
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
July 27, 2001
There is much to be said for a music film that seems to be playing directly to us, the viewers.
May 10, 2001
Trueba loves Latino jazz and this inspiring musical documentary beautifully reflects his appreciation and wonder.
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
Lacks history, background and cultural roots, but it's undeniably infectious.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
June 10, 2001
Calle 54 is an engaging sampler of Latin jazz and its permutations.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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
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
This is one summer movie with real sizzle.
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
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
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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