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Talento de Barrio Reviews

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Joseph Jon Lanthier
Slant Magazine
October 15, 2008
This is a riches-to-riches story.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Robert Koehler
Variety
October 10, 2008
As blatant vehicles for rising rappers go, Talento de barrio won't do much to help Puerto Rican hip-hopper Daddy Yankee.
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
October 10, 2008
It's not edgy or tight enough for all its grit and vitality to overcome the familiarity of its material to satisfy more demanding viewers.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
October 10, 2008
Reggaeton star Daddy Yankee holds his own in his big-screen acting debut, Talento de Barrio. Too bad he's saddled with a generic script, based loosely on his own life.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Tim Cogshell
Boxoffice Magazine
October 10, 2008
Violence in cinema has become so prevalent that all of its shock value is lost (at least on this critic), but the underlying story here is pithy still.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Neil Genzlinger
New York Times
October 10, 2008
The violence-laden story, such as it is, is ineptly stitched together; it's unclear who is shooting at whom and why; and the dialogue seldom advances beyond "Yo, dog" and "Whassup?" The soundtrack is the only draw here.
| Original Score: 1.5/5
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Tim Grierson
L.A. Weekly
October 9, 2008
A vile, stupid, violent-crime drama that would be laughable if its content weren't so toxic.
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Monika Fabian
Time Out
October 8, 2008
Just as reggaetón is a fusion of hip-hop, reggae and traditional Puerto Rican rhythms, Talento de Barrio is also a mixture, albeit a woefully derivative one, of 8 Mile, Menace II Society and Carlito's Way.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/6
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