La Bamba Reviews

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May 18, 2020
An energetic picture filled with light and music, and Lou Diamond Phillips is an easygoing charismatic presence as Ritchie Valens, so sweet-hearted he's almost angelic.
March 24, 2020
Valdez's simple-yet-elegant visual style is on target and his script uses the elements of Valens' life to the fullest, almost creating an underlying poetic rhythm to the film.
March 24, 2020
You can have a perfectly pleasant time at "La Bamba" but you come out still hungry to understand the forces that shaped [Ritchie Valens].
March 24, 2020
The movie works surprisingly for reasons that have nothing to do with Valens` small list of hits. La Bamba is really just a very good family story about a pushy mother proud of one son, derisive of another.
March 24, 2020
As Valens, Lou Diamond Phillips has a sweetness and sincerity that in no way diminish the toughness of his onstage persona. The role is blandly written, but Mr. Phillips gives Valens backbone.
March 24, 2020
How many films can be squeezed out of this formula?
March 24, 2020
It's easy to forgive the thudding omens and ironies, since they appear in such a life-affirming context. The purpose of La Bamba is not to mourn Valens's death but to celebrate his life, with special attention to the great joy he found in music.
March 24, 2020
With a convincing performance by newcomer Phillips -- and the exhilarating Latin rockers Los Lobos, who bring Valens's sound back to life -- La Bamba is a refreshing blast from the past.
March 24, 2020
Melodrama is inherently a broad genre -- one that projects inner psychological conflicts onto towering outside forces -- and in the overall thrust of his film, Valdez excels in conveying a world dominated by a gigantic, impersonal power.
March 24, 2020
Valens, meanwhile, is played with likeable charm and refreshing innocence by relative newcomer Lou Diamond Phillips. Among the large supporting cast, Rosana De Soto stands out as Ritchie's proud and loving mother.
March 24, 2020
La Bamba has a lot going for it besides its compelling teen myth. As might have been predicted, the music is terrific.
March 24, 2020
The actors are mostly appealing and Valens's 50s hits (dubbed in by Los Lobos) are given their energetic due.
March 24, 2020
Most pop biopics are tepid affairs, but the same cannot be said for director Luis Valdez's engrossing re-creation of Ritchie Valens's short life.
March 24, 2020
A perfectly respectable biopic.
January 26, 2020
La Bamba is a well-versed depiction of Ritchie Valens' life, and it is evident a tremendous amount of care was put into the production of this film.
January 2, 2017
A strong statement about the fleeting, fragility of life, and the bond between brothers.
November 8, 2016
This is a movie about music and it is the Valens sound, a unique blending of Latin rhythm and rock beat, that prevents La Bamba from being just another example of Hollywood hero worship.
January 1, 2011
Sweet, sad rock-idol story for mature teens.
July 7, 2010
An enjoyable if slightly innocuous biopic based on the brief life and short-lived fame of teen rock'n'roll idol Richie Valens.
March 26, 2009
La Bamba is engrossing throughout and boasts numerous fine performances.
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