El Cantante

El Cantante
El Cantante
  • R
  • 1h 56m
  • 2007
Rotten25%
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Superstars Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony headline a film as emotional, powerful, and driving as the man and music whose story it tells, Héctor Lavoe and the Salsa his voice brought to the world -- El Cantante. It's the 1970s, and Salsa is exploding on the world with a Nuyorican sound from the streets of Spanish Harlem that blends Latin, Jazz and African American rhythms and harmonies. Riding the rocket of sudden stardom, Lavoe (Anthony) becomes the voice of the new sound, even as he struggles with personal demons and addictions. Only Lavoe's wife, Puchi (Lopez--Selena), whose devotion has put Lavoe on the path to superstardom may be able keep him from self-destruction in the face sudden fame.
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Rotten Tomatoes® Score

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Rotten25%
Critics Consensus: El Cantante adheres to the most basic conventions of the musical biopic, rendering it indistinguishable from others of its ilk.
Reviews
Time Out
Ben Kenigsberg
Rotten

June 22, 2017
Time Out
Melissa Anderson
Fresh

June 22, 2017
London Evening Standard
Charlotte O'Sullivan
Fresh

In fact, Lopez deserves praise for pushing this project. The recently deceased Puchi (who helped g...

June 21, 2017
Guardian
Peter Bradshaw
Rotten

There is something entirely dead about Lopez's performance. No matter how superficially lively she...

June 21, 2017
Times (UK)
Kevin Maher
Rotten

The film, however, beginning with a flashback to 1963, is a soft-pedalled account of Lavoe's rise...

June 21, 2017
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Another singer self-destructs, to a Latin beat.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that even though J Lo is popular with younger teens, this isn't a movie for that age group. The characters abuse alcohol, engage in excessive drug use, curse frequently, and generally display self-degrading, suicidal behavior. Many scenes depict explicit drug use and sexual activity, mostly motivated by the mind-altering substances. Though the audience soon understands that there's little hope for Hector Lavoe and his family, the characters themselves seem unable to change their conduct, even at the risk of their own lives and the lives of loved ones. It's a non-stop downward spiral without a happy ending.

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Drama
  • Release Date:August 3, 2007
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English
  • Audio Format:
    5.1
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