El Cantante - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

El Cantante Reviews

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Annlee Ellingson
Boxoffice Magazine
June 15, 2007
The structure of the film only [confuses].
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
August 3, 2007
The director (Leon Ichaso) and his co-writers haven't licked a crucial question: Why do we need to see this movie and not just listen to the music?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
August 3, 2007
El Cantante never nails the ecstatic moment of musical collaboration we crave from this genre. Where is the scene that gives us a fly-on-the-wall view of salsa's creation?
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
August 2, 2007
What is it about the biopic genre that gravitates toward the same sea of cliches, no matter what the sound or era?
| Original Score: 2/4
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
September 15, 2006
Unfortunately, the music is as irresistible as the tired story of a musician succumbing to substance abuse is resistible.
Edward Douglas
August 2, 2007
It's as if the film's producer Jennifer Lopez didn't learn a thing from Gigli by playing a married couple with her actual husband.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
August 2, 2007
Frankly, any of us could write this screenplay.
| Original Score: 2/4
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
Eric D. Snider
August 2, 2007
To put it bluntly: Why should I care who Hector Lavoe was? El Cantante does nothing to answer that question.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Heather Huntington
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
Bill Gibron
August 4, 2007
While the script and direction definitely drag El Cantante down, the portrait of Puchi in this film -- true or false -- places the final perfectly groomed and polished nails in the movie's creative coffin.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Joshua Tyler
July 26, 2007
The musician biopic craze dies right here; bury it to the left of Jennifer Lopez's once significant career.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Renee Schonfeld
Common Sense Media
October 22, 2007
Another singer self-destructs, to a Latin beat.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
July 31, 2007
Ultimately, El Cantante, which is also the title of Hector's signature song, leaves you feeling like you've watched yet another cliche, a shortened life in the same polluted vein as Jim Morrison or Edith Piaf.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
August 2, 2007
El Cantante eventually succumbs to the typically broad biopic canvas. It hits nothing but highlights; and misses the singer's soul.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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
Peter Sobczynski
August 10, 2007
Together, Lopez and Anthony have created the kind of wildly miscast and misconceived star couple vehicle that hasn't been seen since. . .well, since the infamous "Gigli" and even that film seems more explainable in retrospect than this one.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Brian Tallerico
August 4, 2007
You need to give your audience a reason to care, not just assume they will because your subject was important to the history of music.
Paul Kosidowski
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
August 2, 2007
Lively but frustratingly shallow.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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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
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