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  • Summary: Santo Domingo Blues is a feature-length documentary that tells the story of the guitar-playing, singer songwriter Luis Vargas and Bachata, the guitar blues of Santo Domingo. (Mambo Media)
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. Reviewed by: Peter L'Official
    80
    Wolfe's anecdotal musicology succeeds precisely because of its bare-bones, bawdy yet beautiful approach--just like the music Vargas makes.
  2. Reviewed by: Peter Margasak
    70
    The technically uneven performance footage is redeemed by excellent sound and charismatic interviews with popular bachateros.
  3. Reviewed by: Jeannette Catsoulis
    70
    Without losing sight of the music's essential energy, Mr. Wolfe peppers his film with quietly resonant shots.
  4. Reviewed by: Ronnie Scheib
    70
    Alternating between New York clubs by night and the colorful streets and countryside of Santa Domingo by day, pic captures the spirit of the music and the nation that gave birth to it.