Selena

Metascore
65

Generally favorable reviews - based on 16 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16

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Critic Reviews

  1. 90
    For all its simplicity, however, the film is entertaining, even uplifting, with Lopez giving a stellar, confectionary performance.
  2. 88
    Selena succeeds, through Lopez's performance, in evoking the magic of a sweet and talented young woman.
  3. 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.
  4. Selena is in part a completely predictable Latino soap opera that should satisfy those who complain they aren't making movies like they like used to.
  5. 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).
  6. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    80
    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.
  7. On its own good-natured terms, Selena' is both pleasant to watch and instructive in familiarizing a movie audience with the Texan-Mexican borderland music known as Tejano.
  8. I enjoyed quite a bit of it, in large part because of the energy and charisma of Jennifer Lopez in the title role.
  9. 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).
  10. But the film soars when the stunning Jennifer Lopez beams and struts her stuff in a series of exhilarating performance sequences; she's a glitzy, thrilling icon a la the made-over Olivia Newton-John of Grease.
  11. The dialogue swings between platitudes and clichés, but the acting is lively and the music will set even lazy toes tapping.
  12. Reviewed by: Sarah Kerr
    50
    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.
  13. 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.
  14. 50
    Missing is a sense of the interior life behind the smiling face that Selena showed the world.
  15. 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.
  16. You can't help cheering for Selena, but the good feeling is diminished by the sense that her story's been simplified and sanitized.
User Score
8.7

Universal acclaim- based on 24 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. Jul 23, 2013
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click full review link 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! Full Review »
  2. DouglasR.
    Oct 4, 2005
    9
    Very good and sassy! One of the year's best films!