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The Mambo Kings Reviews

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Top Critic
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: B
Clint Morris
Moviehole
August 17, 2008
HOT! HOT! HOT!
| Original Score: 3/5
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
July 21, 2008
| Original Score: 3/5
Steve Crum
Kansas City Kansan
February 17, 2008
Fun, flashy musical with Banderas in early role.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
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Derek Adams
Time Out
February 9, 2006
A spirited evocation of the mambo craze which swept post-war America, adapted from Oscar Hijuelos' Pulitzer Prize-winning novel.
Michael A. Smith
Nolan's Pop Culture Review
January 8, 2005
Another award worthy performance by Armand Assante that wasn't recognized. And a great song.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
Dan Marcucci and Nancy Serougi
Broomfield Enterprise
December 21, 2004
| Original Score: 4/5
Ryan Cracknell
Movie Views
June 16, 2004
| Original Score: 3/5
Daniel M. Kimmel
Worcester Telegram & Gazette
March 12, 2004
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
Jonathan R. Perry
Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas)
September 3, 2003
| Original Score: 3/5
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal
August 22, 2003
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
July 19, 2003
Armand Assante gives the most robust and impressive performance of his career as Cesar, a musician whose lust for life affects all those around him.
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
April 16, 2003
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
Cory Cheney
Urban Tulsa Weekly
July 26, 2002
| Original Score: 3/5
Mark R. Leeper
rec.arts.movies.reviews
January 1, 2000
Full Review | Original Score: low +1 out of -4..+4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
In some ways this story is as old as the movies, but "The Mambo Kings" is so filled with energy, passion and heedless vitality that it seems new, anyway.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
"The Mambo Kings" is so pumped up with life it threatens to burst. It's beautifully filmed and flashily edited. It pulsates with rhythmic ecstasy. It throbs, it sweats, it pounds, it undulates.
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Rita Kempley
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
A corny, eye-filling concoction of sound and strife, it recalls the heyday of a dance craze with the Technicolor splash of a 1950s musical.
Chris Hicks
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
January 1, 2000
"The Mambo Kings" is fairly conventional in story and structure - but oh, that music. The audience will be ready to dance in the aisles.
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Entertainment Weekly
February 28, 1992
The Mambo Kings is a tinsel-edged dream of a movie.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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