El Cantante
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"El Cantante" is the dramatic-biography of Puerto Rican salsa pioneer Hector Lavoe. The film follows Lavoe's passionate relationship with Puchi and his skyrocket to international fame. But, even when he has it all, Lavoe is unable to escape the allure of drugs and his personal pain.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 25%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"This messy, maudlin portrait of the decline and decline of Puerto Rico-born salsa star Héctor Lavoe wavers uncertainly between cable channel biopic and socially concerned drug movie."
‑ Wally Hammond, Time Out
"I would have liked to have seen a more in-depth look at the salsa movement. Still, we do get a lot of great music, and Anthony is a natural onscreen in a tailor-made role."
‑ Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper
"This is an entertaining biopic that's worth seeing for the terrific musical sequences and for the superb performances by Anthony and Lopez. Recommended."
‑ Matthew Turner, ViewLondon
"There is something entirely dead about Lopez's performance. No matter how superficially lively she makes it, she is always simply mouthing the lines. Never mind Jenny from the block. Jenny is the block. Of wood."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
"Thought it was impossible to make the story of a drug-addicted musical icon boring? You were wrong."
‑ Heather Huntington, ReelzChannel.com
"This may be one of the very few biopics in which the subject is marginalized to the point of irrelevance."
‑ Geoff Pevere, Toronto Star
"Marc Anthony plays the smack-addicted singer, who has some dynamite numbers but not much to say for himself."
‑ J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
"In fact, Lopez deserves praise for pushing this project. The recently deceased Puchi (who helped generate the script and pushed for Lopez to play her) is not the kind of character you see on screen every day."
‑ Charlotte O'Sullivan, This is London
"The film, however, beginning with a flashback to 1963, is a soft-pedalled account of Lavoe's rise to fame and his drug-related downfall that has more in common with the biopic parody Walk Hard than anything as muddy as real life."
‑ Kevin Maher, Times [UK]
"Jennifer Lopez is superb as Puchi, delivering a totally credible, multi dimensional character."
‑ Urban Cinefile Critics, Urban Cinefile
"El Cantante has to legitimize its subject before it can immortalize him; and in the effort, it makes the mistake of letting a star get in the way of the truth."
‑ Mark Lepage, Globe and Mail
"A downer of a musical biopic that leaves no cliché unturned."
‑ Lou Lumenick, New York Post
"Leon Ichaso's film soft-pedals everything save the language in what often resembles a made-for-cable biopic."
‑ Mike McCahill, Daily Telegraph
"It doesn't help that, in the title role, Marc Anthony has all the onscreen charisma of wet dough."
‑ Stella Papamichael, Film4
"I want a great film about Hector Lavoe, and after watching this, I'm still waiting for it..."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
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