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El Cantante Reviews

November 18, 2011
Read More | Original Score: 1/5
November 17, 2011
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
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
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
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
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.
August 9, 2007
Marc Anthony plays the smack-addicted singer, who has some dynamite numbers but not much to say for himself.
August 6, 2007
A downer of a musical biopic that leaves no cliché unturned.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
August 3, 2007
The film's first half is an uneven string of scenes that offer little setup and sometimes confuse.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
August 3, 2007
Lavoe was a gifted and original singer and song interpreter, but this film is unlikely to spread the word.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
August 3, 2007
The music is the uncontested highlight of El Cantante, which tells the story of the tragic life of salsa legend Hector Lavoe.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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?
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
August 3, 2007
El Cantante has nerve but can't follow through on the edginess of its intentions.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
August 3, 2007
Throughout El Cantante, we're told repeatedly that everybody loves Hector, though why they should love him is a mystery. For fully two-thirds of the film, there isn't enough there either to like or dislike.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
August 3, 2007
Nothing gets explored at length, and some key points are glossed over altogether, namely Héctor's out-of-wedlock son and his frequent womanizing. Such factual details would demoralize Puchi. They are merely mentioned, then ignored.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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
August 3, 2007
Where's the ambition? Where's the passion?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
August 3, 2007
The awkwardly told story of salsa legend Hector Lavoe, El Cantante doesn't even get the title right: It should have been called La Esposa, since it's really less about the singer than his wife.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
August 3, 2007
There's a lot of music in El Cantante, with Marc Anthony more than doing justice to Lavoe's insanely catchy, groundbreaking songs. It's whenever the music stops that the movie runs into trouble.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
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?
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
August 2, 2007
Whenever Marc Anthony takes the stage as Hector Lavoe in El Cantante, he unleashes his charisma and shows that, whatever his limitations as an actor, he is a brilliant performer.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
August 2, 2007
El Cantante disintegrates into a stylized jumble -- even a straightforward jumble would have been preferable.
August 2, 2007
Still, the musical numbers, which constitute a hefty portion of screen time, are thrilling.
Full Review | Original Score: B
August 2, 2007
Ironically, Lavoe's sad story serves mostly to remind viewers that Lopez is still the dazzling force of nature that burst onto the screen a scant 10 years ago.
August 2, 2007
Director Leon Ichaso (Piero) uses every trick in the hack biopic book, including flashback stock footage and montages of newspaper headlines flying toward the camera.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
August 2, 2007
Directed with palpable passion and terrific period feel by Ichaso, El Cantante has camerawork and editing that move with the 4/4 rhythm of salsa, upbeat even when the drama grows downbeat.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
August 2, 2007
Cantante introduces intriguing, relevant themes one minute, only to abandon them the next.
Full Review | Original Score: C
August 2, 2007
The movie's good intentions and great music win out.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
August 2, 2007
The vibrant music ultimately takes a back seat to the cacophonous lady at the film's misplaced center
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
August 2, 2007
You're watching Jennifer Lopez, but you may as well be watching a female impersonator impersonating Jennifer Lopez.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/5
August 2, 2007
A conventional, brassy blat of a biopic.
Full Review | Original Score: C
August 1, 2007
J-Lo really delivers the goods. I haven't always been a fan, but she makes this movie a must-see.
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.
July 31, 2007
A garish, dispiriting bit of work.
September 19, 2006
A virtual template of every imaginable cliche of the musical biopic, pic suffers from a lack of narrative and character focus.
September 15, 2006
Unfortunately, the music is as irresistible as the tired story of a musician succumbing to substance abuse is resistible.