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  • Summary: Cuba, 1948. Chico is a young piano player with big dreams.
    Rita is a beautiful singer with an extraordinary voice. Music and
    romantic desire unites them, but their journey - in the tradition
    of the Latin ballad, the bolero - brings heartache and torment.
    From Havana to New York, Paris,
    Hollywood and Las Vegas,
    two passionate individuals battle impossible odds to unite in
    music and love.(Magic Light Pictures)
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 27
  2. Negative: 0 out of 27
  1. Reviewed by: Shawn Levy
    Mar 29, 2012
    It's hot and sweet and made with inspiration and cheek. And it is not your children's animated fare -- which, in this case, is a recommendation.
  2. Reviewed by: Andrew O'Hehir
    Feb 9, 2012
    A dazzling and delightful work of modernist animation, a classic movie romance and a hip-swinging, finger-popping tale of musical revolution, Chico & Rita is the first big serendipitous surprise of 2012.
  3. Reviewed by: Roger Ebert
    Feb 22, 2012
    The music is terrific. Idania Valdes dubs Rita's sensuous, smoky singing voice, and the film is essentially constructed as a musical.
  4. Reviewed by: Helen O'Hara
    Feb 3, 2012
    A delightful blend of hand-drawn animation and CG style that'll be soul food for hopeless romantics everywhere.
  5. Reviewed by: Walter Addiego
    Feb 16, 2012
    The film boasts an original score by Cuban pianist and composer Bebo Valdés, who was featured in "Calle 54."
  6. Reviewed by: Michelle Orange
    Feb 7, 2012
    The result has only a loose resemblance to Valdés's story - though real-life figures including Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Chano Pozo, and a Cuban songstress who bears some resemblance to Rita Montaner are featured as characters - but it's a dazzling thing to behold.
  7. Reviewed by: Ed Gonzalez
    Feb 5, 2012
    A shallow romanticization of Batista-era Cuba -- when the nation was a tropical paradise for the delectation of American jetsetters -- and what the revolution left in its wake.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. Mar 2, 2012
    A proof that animated films are not just for kids but for adults as well. This is the film that should have won the Oscar for Best Animated Feature. I like Rango but it wasn't anything spectacular compared to this. Pretty much one of the best romantic films I have ever seen. It's portrayal of the early 50's is breathtaking, its design is unique, the animation, though simple, is full of life and energy and allows the simplest facial expression become a legit emotional feeling, the two leads are realistic, charming, complex and have an unrivalled chemistry and the music is authentic and timeless. I honestly couldn't see this as a live action film as it wouldn't capture the emotion and expression that the animation allows into the love story. I am in love with this film. Great story, great characters, great animation, great music. If you love romance films, don't ever pass this up on DVD. Expand
  2. Lyn
    Jan 20, 2013
    It's hard to explain how a Spanish-language film featuring not-that-sophisticated animation could be so utterly captivating. The music helps, of course, and the way the star-crossed Cuban lovers evoke another time. I thought of "Calle Ocho," "The Mambo Kings" and "An Affair to Remember." Loved it. Expand
  3. Feb 14, 2012
    I may not be very stunned by this movie as i was from a foreign animated movie with "The Illusionist" but this still was extremely dazzling, amazing and quite charming movie. An adult animated movie with a classic romantic story over the span of life time and places with deep cultural roots and lovely jazz dazzle to it, this is a good movie to watch. Expand
  4. Nov 27, 2013
    "Chico & Rita" offers a beautiful and charming moment. Trueba brings a fantastic old story about love. "Chico & Rita" is like "Porgy & Bess" with latin sounds and excellent honor to Bebo Valdés. "Chico & Rita" and "Wrinckles" are newest beginning of Spanish animation cinema history. Soundtrack is faboulous, plot is solvent and directing is correct. Azúcar!! Collapse


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