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  • Summary: El Cantante celebrates the life and music of the legendary Puerto Rican salsa singer Hector Lavoe, a pioneer of the sound and sensibility that redefined Latin music in the 1960s and 1970s. El Cantante portrays an era when a new sense of national identity and pride took root in Puerto RicanEl Cantante celebrates the life and music of the legendary Puerto Rican salsa singer Hector Lavoe, a pioneer of the sound and sensibility that redefined Latin music in the 1960s and 1970s. El Cantante portrays an era when a new sense of national identity and pride took root in Puerto Rican communities across the U.S. Hector Lavoe's music was both a soundtrack to and affirmation of that awakening. (Picturehouse) Collapse
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 24
  2. Negative: 3 out of 24
  1. Anthony doesn't have a large emotional range as an actor, and neither does Lopez. Still, the musical numbers, which constitute a hefty portion of screen time, are thrilling.
  2. 70
    A star isn't born in El Cantante as much as it's reconfirmed. She's still here, and she's still got it.
  3. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    50
    Ideally, it would give you a sense of an entire people knocking the planet off its axis with a shake of their hips. If only El Cantante were that movie. Instead, it's a curiously sludgy cross between a Doomed Star biopic and a J. Lo vanity project.
  4. 50
    A sizzling soundtrack and Jennifer Lopez's best performance since "Out of Sight" go only so far in El Cantante, a downer of a musical biopic that leaves no cliché unturned.
  5. Unfortunately, the music is as irresistible as the tired story of a musician succumbing to substance abuse is resistible.
  6. 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
  7. The film doesn't make a case for Lavoe as an important artist.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 22
  2. Negative: 4 out of 22
  1. RonyD.
    Aug 4, 2007
    10
    Fantastic.
  2. IRA
    Oct 30, 2007
    10
    This film is just great. Real not the usual sugered story!
  3. MilaS.
    Aug 5, 2007
    10
    This movie is worth watchong for is amazing music and Wonderfull perfromances, Jennifer Lopez best acting work since Out of sight.
  4. VirginaC.
    Aug 6, 2007
    10
    I was ready to hate this movie. I have to admit that I have learn much more about the singing legend Hector La Voe and his life. Mark Anthony I was ready to hate this movie. I have to admit that I have learn much more about the singing legend Hector La Voe and his life. Mark Anthony and Jennifer Lopez did an excellent job of portraying these people. This movie is a must see. Expand
  5. STANLEYM.
    Sep 12, 2007
    10
    This movie was great and i do understand that it was the point of one person (puchi) and that was stated in the begining of the movie, So all This movie was great and i do understand that it was the point of one person (puchi) and that was stated in the begining of the movie, So all of the harsh critics need to relax it was her point of view ,,,, Get over it Marc did a great JOB Expand
  6. RayD.
    Aug 3, 2007
    8
    It's not a GREAT film--the story could have been stronger, more accurate and better acted. It should have focused more on Hector's It's not a GREAT film--the story could have been stronger, more accurate and better acted. It should have focused more on Hector's greatness, his redeeming qualities and less on his philandering and drug abuse. But the domestic squabbles bring both JLo and her husband up a notch in the acting department and the salsa always rolls in, full boil, at the right moments to heat things up. Expand
  7. HectorL.
    Aug 30, 2007
    0
    The numbers speak for themselves.

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