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Based on 16 Reviews
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fan reviews ( 0 )
  • 50
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    Missing is a sense of the interior life behind the smiling face that Selena showed the world. show more

  • 50
    Edward Guthmann San Francisco Chronicle

    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. show more

  • 88
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    Selena succeeds, through Lopez's performance, in evoking the magic of a sweet and talented young woman. show more

  • 88
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    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. show more

  • 50
    David Sterritt Christian Science Monitor

    The dialogue swings between platitudes and clichés, but the acting is lively and the music will set even lazy toes tapping. show more

  • 50
    Walter Addiego San Francisco Examiner

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

  • 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. show more

  • 50
    Russell Smith Austin Chronicle

    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. show more

  • 67
    Lisa Schwarzbaum Entertainment Weekly

    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). show more

  • 90
    Paul Malcolm L.A. Weekly

    For all its simplicity, however, the film is entertaining, even uplifting, with Lopez giving a stellar, confectionary performance. show more

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