Chico & Rita
Chico & Rita (2012)

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… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: February 10, 2012
DVD Release Date: September 18, 2012
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Critic Score: 87% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

When a place and its people are this stylish, we can't help but be drawn to them.

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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times

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.

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Candice Frederick
Reel Talk Online

It's been too long since we've seen a film so luscious that it practically whisks you away to another time, another place. The animated film (and Oscar nominee for best animated feature), Chico & Rita does just that.

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John Anderson

"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.

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Ty Burr
Boston Globe

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.

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Mike Scott

A vivid and musical illustration of the transportive powers of cinema.

Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post

A pure delight, a keenly affecting, visually ravishing tale.

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Tom Long
Detroit News

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.

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John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

Brash and jazzy and -- to use a word not often associated with animated feature films -- sexy.

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Flixster Audience Score: 77% Flixster User Reviews
Jim Hunter
A jazz pianist and a flamenco dancer fall in love but split during political turmoil. This foreign animated film is a nice albeit predictable love story. The… More
Christopher Haskell
Though all of the characters come off completely unlikeable at times, the romantic and musical natures of Chico & Rita pull this nod to old school,… More
Mark Hobin
The story arc may have the clichéd trajectory of a Behind the Music TV episode, but that's because so many showbiz careers really have followed that career… More
Daniel Parsons
I was expecting a masterpiece, but it's pretty passable, music excepted. I found both Chico and Rita mostly rather irritating characters, and their… More
Walter M.
Chico is currently an old man living in Havana. One day, he hears a song that he wrote fifty years before and is transported back to 1948 when he and his… More
Lesley N
Oh this was lovely. Grown-up animation telling an old-fashioned story about Chico and Rita, a pianist and a singer in 1940's Cuba, how they meet,how they… More