Mateo (2015)



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Mateo follows America's most notorious gringo mariachi singer on his misadventures in Cuba. Matthew Stoneman dreamed of pop stardom. Instead, he went to jail, learned Spanish, and emerged as "Mateo," America's first white mariachi singer. Mateo is on the brink of completing an album of original songs in Havana. But his estrangement from friends and family, his criminal past, and his love for Cuban women could derail him on his quest for fame.

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Critic Reviews for Mateo

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It's easy to see what drew filmmaker Aaron I. Naar to his eponymous subject in "Mateo," but it's almost impossible to share his enthusiasm.

Aug 21, 2015 | Full Review…
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What begins as a quirky portrait of the artist as a gringo mariachi troubadour proves to be a telling study of a lost soul whose palpable passion for his music acts as a surrogate for more meaningful human contact.

Aug 20, 2015 | Full Review…

A hazy portrait of an odd character whose backstory offers multiple attention-getting hooks.

Aug 17, 2015 | Full Review…

Incisively intimate, it's a small but stirring snapshot of a gifted, hopelessly lonely soul.

Aug 4, 2015 | Full Review…

Whether intentional or not, Mateo left a bitter aftertaste -- and Matthew Stoneman's story becomes one so much more grating than intriguing.

Aug 28, 2015 | Rating: 6.7/10 | Full Review…

A deceptively incisive portrait of a man living life on what he thinks ought to be his own terms, Mateo makes for easy listening and consciously troubling viewing.

Aug 24, 2015 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

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