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La Bamba Reviews

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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
Variety
March 26, 2009
La Bamba is engrossing throughout and boasts numerous fine performances.
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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.
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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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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.
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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.