Talento de Barrio
Talento de Barrio (2008)

A misunderstood youth from the streets of Puerto Rico must choose between musical superstardom and underworld notoriety after falling for a beautiful uptown girl whose positive influence causes him to seriously consider giving up a life of… More

Rated: R
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Release Date: August 14, 2008
DVD Release Date: November 25, 2008
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Robert Koehler

As blatant vehicles for rising rappers go, Talento de barrio won't do much to help Puerto Rican hip-hopper Daddy Yankee.

Neil Genzlinger
New York Times

The violence-laden story, such as it is, is ineptly stitched together; it's unclear who is shooting at whom and why; and the dialogue seldom advances beyond "Yo, dog" and "Whassup?" The soundtrack is the only draw here.

Joseph Jon Lanthier
Slant Magazine

This is a riches-to-riches story.

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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times

It's not edgy or tight enough for all its grit and vitality to overcome the familiarity of its material to satisfy more demanding viewers.

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Tim Grierson
L.A. Weekly

A vile, stupid, violent-crime drama that would be laughable if its content weren't so toxic.

Tim Cogshell
Boxoffice Magazine

Violence in cinema has become so prevalent that all of its shock value is lost (at least on this critic), but the underlying story here is pithy still.

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V.A. Musetto
New York Post

Reggaeton star Daddy Yankee holds his own in his big-screen acting debut, Talento de Barrio. Too bad he's saddled with a generic script, based loosely on his own life.

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Monika Fabian
Time Out

Just as reggaetón is a fusion of hip-hop, reggae and traditional Puerto Rican rhythms, Talento de Barrio is also a mixture, albeit a woefully derivative one, of 8 Mile, Menace II Society and Carlito's Way.

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Manu Gino
A young drug dealer falls in love while facing disruption among the men in his gang, and being offered a career as a Reggaetón singer. Not bad at all. Very… More