El Cantante Reviews

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November 18, 2011
November 17, 2011
September 5, 2008
This messy, maudlin portrait of the decline and decline of Puerto Rico-born salsa star Hctor Lavoe wavers uncertainly between cable channel biopic and socially concerned drug movie.
August 17, 2007
This may be one of the very few biopics in which the subject is marginalized to the point of irrelevance.
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.
August 9, 2007
I would have liked to have seen a more in-depth look at the salsa movement. Still, we do get a lot of great music, and Anthony is a natural onscreen in a tailor-made role.
April 4, 2011
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.
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.
September 5, 2008
Leon Ichaso's film soft-pedals everything save the language in what often resembles a made-for-cable biopic.
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