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Based on 27 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 2 )
  • 75
    Walter Addiego San Francisco Chronicle

    The film boasts an original score by Cuban pianist and composer Bebo Valdés, who was featured in "Calle 54." show more

  • 60
    Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News

    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. show more

  • 80
    Stephen Farber The Hollywood Reporter

    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. show more

  • 85
    Bob Mondello NPR

    The picture's real achievement though, is the warmth it brings to the music that animates the lives of these Afro-Cuban characters. show more

  • 90
    Stephanie Zacharek Movieline

    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. show more

  • 88
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    The music is terrific. Idania Valdes dubs Rita's sensuous, smoky singing voice, and the film is essentially constructed as a musical. show more

  • 88
    Lou Lumenick New York Post

    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." show more

  • 88
    Joe Williams St. Louis Post-Dispatch

    When a place and its people are this stylish, we can't help but be drawn to them. show more

  • 75
    Rene Rodriguez Miami Herald

    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). show more

  • 75
    The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    This sexy, pulpy, very grown-up film is not your usual best animated feature material. show more

  • March 24, 2012 stevenbeller
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    Beautiful and moving. Who could ask for more from an animated film about Cuban jazz musicians?

  • January 30, 2012 michael mossman
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    This film is unlike anything I ever saw. The animation is astounding, so different from Pixar or CGI. People were alternately laughing at the dialogue, especially the Cuban scenes, and really crying at the end (not me, much...) The music is fantastic, lots of Latin Jazz. Worth a trip to the art cinema. Scored points with wifey!

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