Calle 54


Universal acclaim - based on 22 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 22
  2. Negative: 0 out of 22

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  1. The result is total immersion in the moment of the music, sure to send jazz fans over the moon.
  2. Boston Globe
    Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    Filled with affection and verve and will do very nicely until the next shipment of Latin jazz comes along.
  3. Chicago Tribune
    Reviewed by: Michael Wilmington
    Scene after scene in Calle 54 just knocks you out.
  4. Trueba reveals his subject organically, letting the music speak for itself.
  5. Visually as pleasing as it sounds.
  6. Miami Herald
    Reviewed by: Rene Rodriguez
    The rapturous power of music has rarely been captured as purely and joyously as it is in Calle 54.
  7. Mr. Showbiz
    Reviewed by: Kevin Maynard
    A must-see for avid fans and a welcome primer for nascent hip-shakers everywhere.
  8. 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.
  9. New York Post
    Reviewed by: Lou Lumenick
    A film that fans of Latin jazz won't want to miss.
  10. Philadelphia Inquirer
    Reviewed by: Carrie Rickey
    Trueba's movie is nearly undone by its shapelessness. Because the filmmaker imposes little in the way of form (or drama) on his subject, his film is a good listen without being a particularly good watch.
  11. Portland Oregonian
    Reviewed by: Mark Mohan
    For those unschooled in Latin jazz, though, it might be best to just pick up the CD.
  12. 100
    A landmark musical tribute.
  13. 60
    Calle 54 doesn't have that coherence or vision of the "Buena Vista Social Club."
  14. It is a spellbinding hour and 45 minutes of pure music, Latin jazz to be specific.
  15. It lacks history, background and cultural roots, but it's undeniably infectious.
  16. 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.
  17. This is one of the most infectiously joyous celebrations of musicmaking ever committed to film. See it and be ennobled.
  18. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    The result is almost enough to make an audience levitate.
  19. Reviewed by: David Stratton
    Looks and sounds wonderful, and while more information about these giants of African-Latin music might have been welcome, the music's the thing.
  20. 70
    A dazzling, long-overdue tribute to the true stars of Latin music.
  21. Wall Street Journal
    Reviewed by: Joe Morgenstern
    A magnificent concert film of Latino jazz.
  22. 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.

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