90

L.A. Weekly

By Paul Malcolm
For all its simplicity, however, the film is entertaining, even uplifting, with Lopez giving a stellar, confectionary performance.
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88

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
Selena succeeds, through Lopez's performance, in evoking the magic of a sweet and talented young woman.
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88

ReelViews

By James Berardinelli
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.
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67

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
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).
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60

TV Guide

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.
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50

Christian Science Monitor

By David Sterritt
The dialogue swings between platitudes and clichés, but the acting is lively and the music will set even lazy toes tapping.
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50

San Francisco Examiner

By Walter Addiego
You can't help cheering for Selena, but the good feeling is diminished by the sense that her story's been simplified and sanitized.
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50

San Francisco Chronicle

By Edward Guthmann
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.
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50

Austin Chronicle

By Russell Smith
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.
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50

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Missing is a sense of the interior life behind the smiling face that Selena showed the world.
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65 out of 100
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