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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. The film's many musical scenes can be riveting. But Selena is less concert film than family drama, particularly focusing on Selena's struggles with her father after she falls in love with, and eventually marries, her guitarist Chris Perez (heartthrob Jon Seda).
  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. You can't help cheering for Selena, but the good feeling is diminished by the sense that her story's been simplified and sanitized.
  6. Unfortunately, for all his large soul and exquisite mastery of image, Nava is also one of the worst writers to ever accrue more than two major-movie screenwriting credits.
  7. The dialogue swings between platitudes and clichés, but the acting is lively and the music will set even lazy toes tapping.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  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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