75

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
It's a soaring, crashing, blazing affair with pyrotechnic performances by real-life spouses Marc Anthony and Jennifer Lopez as Lavoe and his wife, Puchi. Like a plane disaster, it holds you in thrall of ¬°ay, Dios mio! drama.
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63

TV Guide

By Maitland McDonagh
Biopic cliches hamstring producer-star Jennifer Lopez's pet project.
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63

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
The music is the uncontested highlight of El Cantante.
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50

Chicago Tribune

By Michael Phillips
Turns out to be nothing special. Well, the music is. The storytelling is not.
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50

The Hollywood Reporter

By Kirk Honeycutt
Unfortunately, the music is as irresistible as the tired story of a musician succumbing to substance abuse is resistible.
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50

New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
The awkwardly told story of salsa legend Hector Lavoe, El Cantante doesn't even get the title right: It should have been called "La Esposa," since it's really less about the singer than his wife.
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50

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
If you're a fan of Hector Lavoe and Latin music, or Lopez and Anthony, you'll want to see El Cantante for what's good in it. Otherwise, you may be disappointed. The director (Leon Ichaso) and his co-writers haven't licked a crucial question: Why do we need to see this movie and not just listen to the music?
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50

Entertainment Weekly

By Scott Brown
Anthony, with his famished thousand-yard stare, turns in a delicate -- perhaps too delicate -- performance more informed by the shadow of Lavoe's death than the spark of his art. And his shrill domestic scenes with Lopez feel small and squalid, as we wait restlessly for the band to play us out.
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50

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
Ideally, it would give you a sense of an entire people knocking the planet off its axis with a shake of their hips. If only El Cantante were that movie. Instead, it's a curiously sludgy cross between a Doomed Star biopic and a J. Lo vanity project.
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25

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
The film doesn't make a case for Lavoe as an important artist.
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46 out of 100
Mixed or average reviews
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