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Based on 19 Reviews
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  • 100
    Peter Stack San Francisco Chronicle

    A poetry of love, longing and affirmation bleeds through the music of Cuba, and some of the best sounds the island ever created are captured with embracing humanity. show more

  • 88
    San Francisco Examiner

    A 140-minute film masterpiece. show more

  • 75
    Chicago Tribune

    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. show more

  • 50
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    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 documentary get in the way. show more

  • 80
    Merle Bertrand Film Threat

    This soothing, elegantly-crafted film is such a marvelous piece of work. show more

  • 70
    TV Guide

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

  • 67
    Russell Smith Austin Chronicle

    Buena Vista Social Club is obviously intended less as a concert film than as a set of cinematic liner notes about the vanishing musical culture. show more

  • 67
    Owen Gleiberman Entertainment Weekly

    What the film leaves unexplained is how this joyous musical outpouring, which predated the revolution, could fare under a system with a pathological distrust of beauty. show more

  • 100
    New Times (L.A.)

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

  • 90
    Peter Rainer New York Magazine (Vulture)

    I've never seen another movie that so clearly expresses the sensual sustenance that great folk culture provides its practitioners. show more

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