Metascore
81

Universal acclaim - based on 19 Critics What's this?

User Score
7.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 11 Ratings

Your Score
0 out of 10
Rate this:
  • 10
  • 9
  • 8
  • 7
  • 6
  • 5
  • 4
  • 3
  • 2
  • 1
  • 0
  • 0
  • Starring: , ,
  • Summary: This ground-breaking documentary, inspired by the album, includes appearances by legendary performers Ry & Joaquim Cooder, Ibrahim Ferrer, Ruben Gonz├íles, Eliades Ochoa, Omara Portuondo, Compay Segundo and many other renowned Cuban Musicians. (Artisan Entertainment)
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 19
  2. Negative: 0 out of 19
  1. Reviewed by: Hal Hinson
    100
    Infectious, intoxicating joy is the emotion conveyed in every frame of this ravishing, exuberant documentary.
  2. The concert scenes find the stage awash in such intense joy, camaraderie and nationalist pride that you become convinced that making music is a key to longevity and spiritual well-being.
  3. Being able to hear this kind of playing is a special moment in time, one we don't want to end and one that we're privileged to experience.
  4. 80
    This soothing, elegantly-crafted film is such a marvelous piece of work.
  5. Reviewed by: Richard Gehr
    80
    Feels like a timeless blast from the past.
  6. Reviewed by: Alejandro Riera
    75
    At the end, we're left with a desire to hear even more of this music and hang out a little longer with these musicians.
  7. 50
    It is a touching story, and the musicians (some over 90 years old) still have fire and grace onstage, but, man, does the style of this documentary get in the way.

See all 19 Critic Reviews

Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 1 out of 4

Trailers