La Bamba - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

La Bamba Reviews

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Shannon J. Harvey
Sunday Times (Australia)
February 4, 2003
| Original Score: 2/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
July 30, 2002
| Original Score: 3/5
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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
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
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium
August 12, 2002
| Original Score: 4/5
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
Cole Smithey
October 10, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
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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Variety Staff
March 26, 2009
La Bamba is engrossing throughout and boasts numerous fine performances.
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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
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
September 3, 2002
| Original Score: 3/5
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
February 7, 2005
solid, entertaining biopic
| Original Score: 3/5
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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.
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal
January 16, 2004
| Original Score: 4/5
Ryan Cracknell
Movie Views
June 30, 2004
| Original Score: 3/5
Greg Maki
Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
January 31, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
Josh Gilchrist
Billings Outpost (Montana)
September 22, 2002
| Original Score: 4/5
Alex Sandell
Juicy Cerebellum
April 30, 2003
Fairly well put together film about the hispanic king of rock'n roll.
| Original Score: 3/5
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
January 1, 2001
| Original Score: 3/5
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