Metascore
84

Universal acclaim - based on 22 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 22
  2. Negative: 0 out of 22
  1. 100
    A landmark musical tribute.
  2. Reviewed by: David Stratton
    100
    Looks and sounds wonderful, and while more information about these giants of African-Latin music might have been welcome, the music's the thing.
  3. 90
    A must-see for avid fans and a welcome primer for nascent hip-shakers everywhere.
  4. Trueba reveals his subject organically, letting the music speak for itself.
  5. 90
    Even better on a second viewing because the film is such a pure expression of the director's love for the music, a love so infectious it should leave you elated.
  6. A magnificent concert film of Latino jazz.
  7. Reviewed by: Fernando Gonzalez
    90
    This is one fan's valentine to the music he loves. It just happens that the fan is a terrific filmmaker and the music loves him back -- and we get to see it and hear it all. What a treat.
  8. The result is total immersion in the moment of the music, sure to send jazz fans over the moon.
  9. Scene after scene in Calle 54 just knocks you out.
  10. 88
    The rapturous power of music has rarely been captured as purely and joyously as it is in Calle 54.
  11. Some of the artists appear ecstatically transported as they play. Others are just having one hell of a good time. Believe me, it's contagious.
  12. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    88
    The result is almost enough to make an audience levitate.
  13. It lacks history, background and cultural roots, but it's undeniably infectious.

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