El Cantante
El Cantante (2007)

"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… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: August 3, 2007
DVD Release Date: October 30, 2007
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Consensus: El Cantante adheres to the most basic conventions of the musical biopic, rendering it indistinguishable from others of its ilk.

Wally Hammond
Time Out

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.

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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper

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.

Matthew Turner

This is an entertaining biopic that's worth seeing for the terrific musical sequences and for the superb performances by Anthony and Lopez. Recommended.

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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star

This may be one of the very few biopics in which the subject is marginalized to the point of irrelevance.

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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader

Marc Anthony plays the smack-addicted singer, who has some dynamite numbers but not much to say for himself.

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Charlotte O'Sullivan
London Evening Standard

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.

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Mark Lepage
Globe and Mail

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.

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Lou Lumenick
New York Post

A downer of a musical biopic that leaves no cliché unturned.

Mike McCahill
Daily Telegraph (UK)

Leon Ichaso's film soft-pedals everything save the language in what often resembles a made-for-cable biopic.

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Flixster Audience Score: 62% Flixster User Reviews
William Dunmyer
[size=3]"El Cantante," starring [b]Jennifer Lopez[/b] and [b]Marc Anthony[/b], is what I expected it to be: an extremely superficial, television-level… More
Remi Logan
Very enjoyable, good performances. Most biopics follow the same formula: star starts off poverty-stricken, small fish in a big pond, meets the right people by… More
Joseph Eastmond
Hector Lavoe? Who is he? A salsa legend? A drug addict? An immigrant from Peurto Rico? Well he was all three. Yet, this film isn't just about him, but… More
William Goss
About as generic as musician biopics come. Lopez is especially grating.