La Bamba - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

La Bamba Reviews

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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
January 2, 2017
A strong statement about the fleeting, fragility of life, and the bond between brothers.
Teresa Talerico
Common Sense Media
January 1, 2011
Sweet, sad rock-idol story for mature teens.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Nigel Floyd
Time Out
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
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Variety Staff
March 26, 2009
La Bamba is engrossing throughout and boasts numerous fine performances.
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
February 7, 2005
solid, entertaining biopic
| Original Score: 3/5
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
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.
Alex Sandell
Juicy Cerebellum
April 30, 2003
Fairly well put together film about the hispanic king of rock'n roll.
| Original Score: 3/5
Scott Weinberg
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
Clint Morris
September 18, 2002
A musical extravaganza. Powerful, and superbly performed.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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
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Hal Hinson
Washington Post
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.
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
Predictably, there isn't a Ritchie blemish in sight. But the circumstances of Valens' life seem to beg this golden portrait.
Mark R. Leeper
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
Michael Dequina
December 23, 2006
| Original Score: 4/5
Cole Smithey
October 10, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
Emanuel Levy
June 19, 2005
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
Greg Maki
Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
January 31, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
Ryan Cracknell
Movie Views
June 30, 2004
| Original Score: 3/5
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal
January 16, 2004
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
Mike McGranaghan
Aisle Seat
October 28, 2003
| Original Score: 3/5
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