El cantante

User Score
5.8

Mixed or average reviews- based on 63 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 34 out of 63
  2. Negative: 26 out of 63

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  1. Daniel
    Sep 8, 2007
    5
    A real disappointment. One should expect more from Ichaso: "Pinero" was a much better biopic than this attempt. Marc Anthony should never act again. Good music score.
  2. Dec 23, 2015
    4
    El Cantante was certainly told the life and work of Hector Lavoe, the tragicomedy of son , his songs, wins and losses , but it was boring but not stay as yesterday's newspaper. I honestly did not like the Spanish language, but they like his songs.
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46

Mixed or average reviews - based on 24 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 24
  2. Negative: 3 out of 24
  1. Unfortunately, the music is as irresistible as the tired story of a musician succumbing to substance abuse is resistible.
  2. Reviewed by: Robert Koehler
    40
    A virtual template of every imaginable cliche of the musical biopic, picture suffers from a lack of narrative and character focus
  3. 30
    Focusing almost solely on Lavoe's addictions (drugs and women, ho and hum), El Cantante is a garish, dispiriting bit of work--a mountain of biopic clich├ęs snorted through the lens of a fidgety camera that never pauses long enough for us to get to like (or even know) the man responsible for making the Nuyorican sound a mainstream American commodity in the 1970s and early '80s.