Buena Vista Social Club Synopsis
Renowned Cuban musicians of all ages gathered to create a Grammy-winning album.

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San Francisco Chronicle

By Peter Stack
A poetry of love, longing and affirmation bleeds through the music of Cuba, and some of the best sounds the island ever created are...
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100

New Times (L.A.)

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Infectious, intoxicating joy is the emotion conveyed in every frame of this ravishing, exuberant documentary.
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90

New York Magazine (Vulture)

By Peter Rainer
I've never seen another movie that so clearly expresses the sensual sustenance that great folk culture provides its practitioners.
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88

San Francisco Examiner

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A 140-minute film masterpiece.
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80

Film Threat

By Merle Bertrand
This soothing, elegantly-crafted film is such a marvelous piece of work.
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75

Chicago Tribune

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At the end, we're left with a desire to hear even more of this music and hang out a little longer with these musicians.
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70

TV Guide

Cleverly mixes footage from various recording sessions and interviews with live performances in Amsterdam and New York City's Carnegie Hall.
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67

Austin Chronicle

By Russell Smith
Buena Vista Social Club is obviously intended less as a concert film than as a set of cinematic liner notes about the vanishing musical...
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67

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
What the film leaves unexplained is how this joyous musical outpouring, which predated the revolution, could fare under a system with a...
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50

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
It is a touching story, and the musicians (some over 90 years old) still have fire and grace onstage, but, man, does the style of this...
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Rated G
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says OK for kids 10+ Cuban musicians tell their life stories.
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