Selena (1997)

Selena Quintanilla was a major figure in Tejano music, a Grammy-winning recording artist, a beloved star in the American Southwest and Mexico, and seemed poised to cross over into mainstream popularity on the U.S. pop charts when she was… More

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Rated: PG
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: March 21, 1997
DVD Release Date: September 23, 1997
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Critic Score: 65% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Duane Byrge
Hollywood Reporter

What makes this movie work is Jennifer Lopez's electric performance as Selena, capturing the charismatic aspects of Selena's stage persona and the essence of her maturity as a growing woman.

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Edward Guthmann
San Francisco Chronicle

Nava, who started his feature-film career with El Norte, is a good director who invariably finds a strong rapport with his actors. He's not much of a writer, though, and he should think twice about creating dialogue for his future projects.

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Felix Gonzalez Jr.
DVD Review

Jennifer Lopez ... elevates the film immensely with her radiant and energetic performance.

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Todd McCarthy

Selena surmounts its connect-the-dots approach to its heroine's life to create an appealing, energetic look at a too-briefly soaring musical star.

Peter Travers
Rolling Stone

Missing is a sense of the interior life behind the smiling face that Selena showed the world. What of the drive that led her to music? What comfort did she find in it? What pain?

Brian Webster
Apollo Guide

A well-meaning but bland and shallow salute to Selena.

Stephen Holden
New York Times

By the end of the film, Selena has been all but canonized.

James Berardinelli

This is a simple story of hope and triumph, of one girl with the drive to succeed defying the odds and following her dream. It's not an original tale -- movies like this abound -- but Nava's point-of-view is fresh.

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Don Willmott

What a biography. And what a screenplay.

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Flixster Audience Score: 77% Flixster User Reviews
Eric Alvarez
Even if you have never listened to her music, you will still appreciate this film.
Jason Owens
One of the better biographical movies in my book. J-Lo was great in this.
Bethany Murphy
Heartbreaking! A must see!
Lenny Muggsy
Jennifer Lopez does a fine job in a descent movie.
Wahida K
The story of a girl who had the spirit to believe in a dream and the courage to make it come true.
Michael S
Very good biopic.