El Cantante Synopsis
Salsa pioneer Héctor Lavoe (Marc Anthony) struggles with drug addiction.
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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...
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TV Guide

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

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

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

By Mick LaSalle
The film doesn't make a case for Lavoe as an important artist.
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"El Cantante" by far - best film of 2007

By yoan2003
I had a chance to see it even though its not yet on theaters but is such a great movie. The story is basically about Hector Lavoe(Marc Anthony) a very famous salsa singer which died of AIDS and Puchi...

JLo as Lavoe's "Puchie" steals the show

By laurenstone
There was sniffling and tears at the private screening of "El Cantante," on Tuesday night. Judge Edwin Torres, author of "Carlito's Way," declared that Jennifer Lopez' performance will get the...

"El Cantante" definitively is a must see!!! you will not be disappointed.

By Yeily04
I had a chance to see this movie yesterday July 25th in a private advance screening from people en español and I couldn't believe that Jennifer Lopez could act like that, she was amazing. Marc also...

Must go!

By jgarcia15
Definately an oscar movie for JLo. What a performance. This movie took me back and forth through a rollercoaster of emotions. It kept me glued to my seat all the while I just wanted to get up and...


By Da Flash
The acting is great - a lot more than you would expect from Jennifer Lopez. What a performance!! And Marc Anthony is a pleasant surprise. But the music!!!! WOW. For any fan of salsa and for those who...

Surprisingly Lopez and Anthony give wonderful, powerful performances.

By Marcos69
"Surprisingly Lopez and Anthony give wonderful, powerful performances. This film is a good one and it would not be a shock to see Anthony and/or Lopez receive some award nods for their...

Jennifer Lopez - Oscar worthy performance

By HilaryS
I saw this film yesterday and I was not that exited to see it but i changed my mind now... this is a great movie filled up with great music. but what i never could think that Jennifer lopez could act...

I have seen El Cantante twice!!

By jessierican
I was fortunate to have seen the film in March at a special screening they had in Vegas . The critics were so wrong about this movie!! This movie made me and my white boy fiance dance in our seats...

Cant Wait to see this movie!!!

By steph2007
I think this movie is going to be a hit. The movie already has a lot of oscar buzz and a lot of my friends are talking about it ... cant wait to see it...


By Barbq14307
They absolutely did a wonderful job telling the story of Hector Lavoe. It was well portrayed. I felt absorbed by the movie....

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Rated R | For drug use, pervasive language and some sexuality
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Iffy for 16+ Another singer self-destructs, to a Latin beat.
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