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El Cantante Reviews

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Matthew Turner
ViewLondon
September 5, 2008
This is an entertaining biopic that's worth seeing for the terrific musical sequences and for the superb performances by Anthony and Lopez. Recommended.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Charlotte O'Sullivan
London Evening Standard
September 5, 2008
In fact, Lopez deserves praise for pushing this project. The recently deceased Puchi (who helped generate the script and pushed for Lopez to play her) is not the kind of character you see on screen every day.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Mike McCahill
Daily Telegraph (UK)
September 5, 2008
Leon Ichaso's film soft-pedals everything save the language in what often resembles a made-for-cable biopic.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
September 5, 2008
There is something entirely dead about Lopez's performance. No matter how superficially lively she makes it, she is always simply mouthing the lines. Never mind Jenny from the block. Jenny is the block. Of wood.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Kevin Maher
Times (UK)
September 5, 2008
The film, however, beginning with a flashback to 1963, is a soft-pedalled account of Lavoe's rise to fame and his drug-related downfall that has more in common with the biopic parody Walk Hard than anything as muddy as real life.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
September 5, 2008
It doesn't help that, in the title role, Marc Anthony has all the onscreen charisma of wet dough.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Wally Hammond
Time Out
September 5, 2008
This messy, maudlin portrait of the decline and decline of Puerto Rico-born salsa star Héctor Lavoe wavers uncertainly between cable channel biopic and socially concerned drug movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/6
Heather Huntington
ReelzChannel.com
August 23, 2008
Thought it was impossible to make the story of a drug-addicted musical icon boring? You were wrong.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
July 12, 2008
Jennifer Lopez is superb as Puchi, delivering a totally credible, multi dimensional character.
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
January 6, 2008
I want a great film about Hector Lavoe, and after watching this, I'm still waiting for it...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Prairie Miller
NewsBlaze
October 25, 2007
Jennifer Lopez plays it tough and down and dirty, on the Mexican border.
Renee Schonfeld
Common Sense Media
October 22, 2007
Another singer self-destructs, to a Latin beat.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Susan Tavernetti
Palo Alto Weekly
September 22, 2007
LLittle more than a string of music videos in search of a script.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
August 23, 2007
Reduces a potentially fascinating film into merely another cautionary story about a self-absorbed celebrity-junkie-whore.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Todd Gilchrist
IGN Movies
August 22, 2007
Unfortunately, El Cantante turns out to be much more of an Anthony and Lopez project than a Lavoe one. Shot with seeming disregard for any of his actual artistic importance, the film fails to answer some of the simplest and most important questions about
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Dan Lybarger
eFilmCritic.com
August 19, 2007
To Paraphrase Denis Leary: I'm stoned; I'm nobody. I'm stoned; I'm famous. I'm stoned; I'm dead.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Michael Dequina
TheMovieReport.com
August 19, 2007
Ichaso and his writing collaborators never allow Hector Lavoe to be much more than a voice with substance abuse issues, not a person.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
August 17, 2007
This may be one of the very few biopics in which the subject is marginalized to the point of irrelevance.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Liz Braun
Jam! Movies
August 17, 2007
El Cantante is more a guilty pleasure than a great movie, but at least it may spark a renewed interest in the music of Lavoe and his contemporaries. If so, consider the film a success.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Mark Lepage
Globe and Mail
August 17, 2007
El Cantante has to legitimize its subject before it can immortalize him; and in the effort, it makes the mistake of letting a star get in the way of the truth.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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