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Calle 54 Reviews

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August 21, 2004
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
July 18, 2001
As much a thrill to watch as it is to listen to, a rare combination for a concert film.
June 28, 2001
Collectively, the numbers add up to a triumph of ecstatic mood swinging.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
June 11, 2001
This is one fan's valentine to the music he loves. It just happens that the fan is a terrific filmmaker and the music loves him back.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
May 14, 2001
Although it isn't the human-interest story that Buena Vista Social Club was, Fernando Trueba's Calle 54 is the next best thing to that milestone musical documentary.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
May 11, 2001
What makes Calle 54 great is precisely what's missing from the other. Trueba shows us the creative act of playing music, not just a bunch of famous folks performing.
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
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
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 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
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
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 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
If you're not a fan now, these 105 celebratory minutes could go a long way toward your conversion.
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
January 1, 2000
A must-see for avid fans and a welcome primer for nascent hip-shakers everywhere.
Read More | Original Score: 85/100