La Bamba - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

La Bamba Reviews

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February 4, 2003
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
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.
July 30, 2002
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
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 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
August 12, 2002
| Original Score: 4/5
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
October 10, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
January 1, 2011
Sweet, sad rock-idol story for mature teens.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
January 2, 2017
A strong statement about the fleeting, fragility of life, and the bond between brothers.
March 26, 2009
La Bamba is engrossing throughout and boasts numerous fine performances.
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
September 3, 2002
| Original Score: 3/5
February 7, 2005
solid, entertaining biopic
| Original Score: 3/5
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 16, 2004
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
June 30, 2004
| Original Score: 3/5
January 31, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
September 22, 2002
| Original Score: 4/5
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