Havana Suite

Metascore
55

Mixed or average reviews - based on 4 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 4
  2. Negative: 0 out of 4

Critic Reviews

  1. An elusive but intermittently beautiful tone poem.
  2. Aspires to the poetic but falls short because of a lack of dynamism.
  3. 50
    It's all pleasant enough, but the pretty pictures, languid pacing, and endless stretches of mood music eventually combine to soporific effect.
User Score
7.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 5 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 1 out of 5
  1. Jun 2, 2012
    0
    I wasn't a fan of this move, it was just too boring, don't even rent it. All the so called "moving" parts were too forced to actually beI wasn't a fan of this move, it was just too boring, don't even rent it. All the so called "moving" parts were too forced to actually be believable. I don't reccomend this movie at all. Full Review »
  2. BillM
    Aug 16, 2009
    10
    Quite possibly my favorite Cuban film of the many I've seen. Reminiscent of La Ciudad, a dialog-free tribute to humanity. Moving, real Quite possibly my favorite Cuban film of the many I've seen. Reminiscent of La Ciudad, a dialog-free tribute to humanity. Moving, real and poignant. Well-lit, scored, directed and acted by non-professionals. A movie for non-critics apparently. Full Review »
  3. IreneM.
    Apr 6, 2008
    9
    It seems as though the "common viewer" appreciatest he sensibilities of a movie like "Habana Suite" better than the professional critics, who It seems as though the "common viewer" appreciatest he sensibilities of a movie like "Habana Suite" better than the professional critics, who don't seem to understand what the director intended and achieved: a tone poem highlighting certain (positive) elements of a Day in the Life of Havana. The mood is certainly somewhat sentimental, with no crime or violence or even confrontations in sight, but it also lends a melancholic, realistic insight into how hard it is to labor with one's hands (many shots celebrating craftsmanship and expertise which few folks in the "West" would be able to emulate nowadays), to work with minimal tools, to cook with limited foodstuffs.... And yet, still, to yearn for a life that celebrates art and performance and family closeness. Extreme closeups of the wonderful network of lines on ancient faces ... not a cliche, we hardly ever see this on screen. And nobody mentions the lively song and dance intervals accompanying the evening sessions, as well as the mood music -- somewhat soporific, admittedly -- that pans over architecture and humans, joining them together as some of the many faces of La Habana. A lovely film, and most Cubans like it, too. Full Review »