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La Bamba Reviews

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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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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.
February 7, 2005
solid, entertaining biopic
| Original Score: 3/5
June 12, 2003
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.
April 30, 2003
Fairly well put together film about the hispanic king of rock'n roll.
| Original Score: 3/5
January 7, 2003
Perhaps otherwise destined to be remembered as a talented footnote in musical history, Richie Valens is immortalized for the masses in this well-conceived and involving movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
September 18, 2002
A musical extravaganza. Powerful, and superbly performed.
| Original Score: 4/5
January 1, 2000
This is a sincere, well-acted movie about the short life of a minor rock 'n' roll star, and by the time it's over we almost have the feeling Valens would have been surprised not to have died in a crash.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 1, 2000
Basically, it's a load of corn -- an up-from-the-basement account of a pop comet -- but the movie has an energetic, almost naive spirit.
January 1, 2000
Predictably, there isn't a Ritchie blemish in sight. But the circumstances of Valens' life seem to beg this golden portrait.
January 1, 2000
Good entertainment even if before the film, like me, you couldn't reliably name a single one of Valens's hits.
Full Review | Original Score: low +2 out of -4..+4
December 23, 2006
| Original Score: 4/5
October 10, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
June 19, 2005
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
January 31, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
June 30, 2004
| Original Score: 3/5
January 16, 2004
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
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