Chico & Rita
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Cuba, 1948. Chico is a young piano player with big dreams. Rita is a beautiful singer with an extraordinary voice. Music and desire unite them as they chase their dreams and each other from Havana to New York to Paris, Hollywood and Las Vegas. With an original soundtrack by legendary Cuban pianist and five-time Grammy-winning composer Bebo Valdés, Chico & Rita captures a defining moment in the evolution of history and jazz, and features the music of (and animated cameos by) Thelonious Monk, Charlie Parker, Cole Porter, Dizzy Gillespie, Woody Herman, Tito Puente, Chano Pozo, and others. -- (C)… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 86%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"When a place and its people are this stylish, we can't help but be drawn to them."
‑ Joe Williams, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"A buttery rich animated tale of love, jazz, showbiz, fame and politics in the late '40s and early '50s that is as catchy as its tunes."
‑ Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times
"A vivid and musical illustration of the transportive powers of cinema."
‑ Mike Scott, Times-Picayune
"The animation is inventive and eye-popping everywhere except where it most matters: the design of the characters."
‑ Matt Brunson, Creative Loafing
"A perfectly agreeable exercise in musical nostalgia...undermined by clumsiness of execution."
‑ Frank Swietek, One Guy's Opinion
""Chico & Rita" is that rare thing, a cartoon for adults, with a bittersweet take on love and fate and a romantic's view of the night."
‑ John Anderson, Newsday
"When a soundtrack this fluidly elegant is married to trite dialogue, thin characterizations, and chockablock animation, it has to go down as a missed opportunity."
‑ Ty Burr, Boston Globe
"Brash and jazzy and -- to use a word not often associated with animated feature films -- sexy."
‑ John Beifuss, Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
"The images and the music -- and for that matter the story -- seem to belong together to create the vibrant whole of the film."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"The film's design and animation... are so sublimely appealling that the story gets to be an afterthought; or, at least, the story doesn't actively ruin your day."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"A pure delight, a keenly affecting, visually ravishing tale."
‑ Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post
"Presented in a wash of animated colors, this story of a hot-headed sexy Latina songstress and her jazz piano player takes on new life."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"It's hot and sweet and made with inspiration and cheek. And it is not your children's animated fare -- which, in this case, is a recommendation."
‑ Shawn Levy, Oregonian
"The movie works better if you sink into its milieu, enjoying the jazzy color schemes, the fluid animation and, above all, a dynamite soundtrack."
‑ Rob Thomas, Capital Times (Madison, WI)
"A gorgeous, joyous, disarmingly nostalgic musical confection."
‑ Kelly Vance, East Bay Express
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