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March 24, 2012
Beautiful and moving. Who could ask for more from an animated film about Cuban jazz musicians?
January 30, 2012
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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Think of Chico and Rita as a test, one that gauges whether your love of Cuban jazz can exceed your threshold for lousy animation -- a real "good tunes/bad toons" quandary. Full Review
The New York Times
Sexy, sweet and laced with a sadness at once specific to its place and time and accessible to anyone with a breakable heart, Chico & Rita is an animated valentine to Cuba and its music. Full Review
Los Angeles Times
This is definitely animation for grown-ups - its look is voluptuous, sexy and sultry; its Latin-inflected Dizzy Gillespie sound is seductive; and its story of young lovers whose passions are tested is timeless. Full Review
The picture's real achievement though, is the warmth it brings to the music that animates the lives of these Afro-Cuban characters. Full Review
A shallow romanticization of Batista-era Cuba -- when the nation was a tropical paradise for the delectation of American jetsetters -- and what the revolution left in its wake. Full Review