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Chico & Rita Reviews

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February 26, 2012
Unfortunately, an evocative setting--the evolution of Afro-Cuban jazz in Havana and New York--sets the stage for a rather slight romance.
May 9, 2011
Animated musical romance strikes an off note.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
February 10, 2012
There's an outline of an epic love story here, but the screenwriters never bother to fill it in all the way.
March 1, 2012
When a soundtrack this fluidly elegant is married to trite dialogue, thin characterizations, and chockablock animation, it has to go down as a missed opportunity.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
February 5, 2012
Regurgitates the starry-eyed rags-to-riches story of Cuban musicians making it in the States immortalized in everything from I Love Lucy to Mambo Kings.
March 16, 2012
The movie works better if you sink into its milieu, enjoying the jazzy color schemes, the fluid animation and, above all, a dynamite soundtrack.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
March 23, 2012
The animation is inventive and eye-popping everywhere except where it most matters: the design of the characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
March 15, 2012
A perfectly agreeable exercise in musical nostalgia...undermined by clumsiness of execution.
Full Review | Original Score: C
March 3, 2012
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
September 8, 2017
It's been too long since we've seen a film so luscious that it practically whisks you away to another time, another place. The animated film (and Oscar nominee for best animated feature), Chico & Rita does just that.
January 31, 2012
Its failings aside, Chico & Rita is a work of warmth and affection, a colorful evocation of a time and a musical environment redolent of artistic sophistication and the prospects of post-war recovery.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
November 18, 2010
The story and the animation are fairly simple, but the music, featuring Latin rhythms plus the likes of Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie, is fabulous.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
February 23, 2012
It's entertaining to watch, and I enjoyed the way they slipped in such real-life figures as Dizzy Gillespie beside the fictional leads.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
November 19, 2010
Stunningly animated...Not to be missed by animation, music and history buffs, or anyone who appreciates a good love story.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
March 12, 2012
A gorgeous, joyous, disarmingly nostalgic musical confection.
February 12, 2012
An animated delight for grown-up eyes and ears, besides being a sexy romance and a luscious tribute to a great musician [with] Bebo Valdés's authentic Latin jazz score.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
November 18, 2010
Look past the crude lines, vivid colours and dynamic score, and this is middle-of-the-road romance.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
April 13, 2012
A vivid and musical illustration of the transportive powers of cinema.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
February 9, 2012
The hand-drawn, watercolor-style animation is a natural fit for the story, with its retro sensibility and timeless effect.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
February 8, 2012
An incredibly beautiful story that uses animation to truly push boundaries in what types of stories can be told in the format.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
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