La Bamba
La Bamba (1987)

Lou Diamond Phillips plays legendary 1950s rocker Ritchie Valens (born Ricardo Valenzuela), in this musical biography. Before scoring radio and concert success with hits like "La Bamba", "C'mon Let's Go", and… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: April 6, 1999
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Critic Score: 96% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Nigel Floyd
Time Out

An enjoyable if slightly innocuous biopic based on the brief life and short-lived fame of teen rock'n'roll idol Richie Valens

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Hal Hinson
Washington Post

Basically, it's a load of corn -- an up-from-the-basement account of a pop comet -- but the movie has an energetic, almost naive spirit.

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Teresa Talerico
Common Sense Media

Sweet, sad rock-idol story for mature teens.

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Variety Staff

La Bamba is engrossing throughout and boasts numerous fine performances.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

This is a sincere, well-acted movie about the short life of a minor rock 'n' roll star, and by the time it's over we almost have the feeling Valens would have been surprised not to have died in a crash.

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Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall

solid, entertaining biopic

Janet Maslin
New York Times

As Valens, Lou Diamond Phillips has a sweetness and sincerity that in no way diminish the toughness of his onstage persona. The role is blandly written, but Mr. Phillips gives Valens backbone.

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Desson Thomson
Washington Post

Predictably, there isn't a Ritchie blemish in sight. But the circumstances of Valens' life seem to beg this golden portrait.

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Alex Sandell
Juicy Cerebellum

Fairly well put together film about the hispanic king of rock'n roll.

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Flixster Audience Score: 78% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalhães
A refreshing biopic about a short-lived star that met a tragic death (and also ironic, considering his fear of flying and how his fate was decided by the flip… More
Anthony Lawrie
Lou Diamond Phillips's Ritchie Valens is a classic from my chidhood! Love it!
Letitia Lew
Siblings and I loved this movie when we were kids... I distinctly remember us rocking around the room playing air guitar and belting out his songs :)
Jason Owens
"La Bamba" is the best biographical movie I've ever seen. It's the story of Ritchie Valens, the famous singer that sung some famous songs… More
Wildaly M
Lou Diamond Philips effectively portrays the late Ritchie Valens. Esai Morales is also a gem as the conflicted drunkard brother.
Lenny Muggsy
LDP making his loudest statement, good film with good music.