• Released
  • February 10, 2012
  • (Limited)
  • NR , 1 hr 33 min
  • Animated
    Art House/Foreign


By Stephanie Zacharek
This is the kind of sophisticated storytelling you rarely get even in live-action movies any more, full of unexpected turns and unruly human complications.
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch

By Joe Williams
When a place and its people are this stylish, we can't help but be drawn to them.
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New York Post

By Lou Lumenick
Chico and Rita beguiles first and foremost as a bebop romance that evokes a bygone era as well as, or maybe even better than, "The Artist."
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Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
The music is terrific. Idania Valdes dubs Rita's sensuous, smoky singing voice, and the film is essentially constructed as a musical.
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By Bob Mondello
The picture's real achievement though, is the warmth it brings to the music that animates the lives of these Afro-Cuban characters.
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The Hollywood Reporter

By Stephen Farber
It's a pleasure to surrender to the movie's lush visuals, which are accompanied by wonderful jazz classics performed by Valdes, Estrella Morente, and Freddy Cole (Nat King Cole's brother), among many others.
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Walter Addiego
The film boasts an original score by Cuban pianist and composer Bebo Valdés, who was featured in "Calle 54."
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Miami Herald

By Rene Rodriguez
An intoxicating, world-class collaboration between a filmmaker (Spain's Fernando Trueba), two artists (designer Javier Mariscal and animator Tono Errando) and a musician (Cuban pianist/bandleader Bebo Valdés).
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Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
A likable but cliched star-crossed romance set along the post-WWII Havana-New York jazz axis, the Spanish-made film features terrific music, passable artwork, and characters who stubbornly refuse to become more than sketches.
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New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
The real romance here is between the filmmakers and the cultural moment they hope to document. From that perspective, it's a welcome - if not quite award-worthy - valentine.
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76 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
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