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  1. Positive: 9 out of 16
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  1. 90
    For all its simplicity, however, the film is entertaining, even uplifting, with Lopez giving a stellar, confectionary performance.
  2. 88
    This is a simple story of hope and triumph, of one girl with the drive to succeed defying the odds and following her dream. It's not an original tale -- movies like this abound -- but Nava's point-of-view is fresh.
  3. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    Although Nava's screenplay hits the subject of every scene right on the head and doesn't ask for much subtlety or subtext, Lopez is wonderful to watch in the dramatic sequences as well as in the numerous musical interludes.
  4. The best thing going for Selena is Selena herself, played with verve, heart, and a great deal of grace by the increasingly busy Jennifer Lopez (Money Train, Jack, Blood & Wine).
  5. Reviewed by: Sarah Kerr
    The new movie of Selena's life ponderously carves each element of the myth in stone, as if this 23-year-old were a bust to be included on Mount Rushmore.
  6. The movie, directed and written by Gregory Nava ("My Family/Mi Familia"), is only so-so but Lopez, who appeared recently in "Jack'' and "Blood and Wine," is so vibrant that you almost forgive the movie's paint-by-numbers script and moldy formula.
  7. 50
    Missing is a sense of the interior life behind the smiling face that Selena showed the world.

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  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
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  1. Jul 23, 2013
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. An amazing movie, truly moving and heartwarming! Anyone who hasn't seen this movie is really missing out! It makes me cry at the end every time, I wish she was never killed, such talent gone in a few seconds, so sad! Expand
  2. DouglasR.
    Oct 4, 2005
    Very good and sassy! One of the year's best films!

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