El Cantante

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Released 2007

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Director:
Leon Ichaso
Released:
2007
Rating:
R
Marc Anthony ("Man on Fire," "Big Night") steps into the role of Salsa superstar Hector Lavoe in this biopic that follows the singer from his early career success as a Puerto Rican teen sensation to his later status as a New York City Latin idol while also documenting his ongoing struggle against drug and alcohol addiction. Golden Globe-nominee Jennifer Lopez ("Maid in Manhattan," "Selena") co-stars as Puchi, Lavoe's longtime muse and love interest.

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  • 50

    The New York Times A.O. Scott

    It may be best to approach El Cantante less as a movie than as a two-hour promotional video for a must-have soundtrack album.

  • 50

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    If you're a fan of Hector Lavoe and Latin music, or Lopez and Anthony, you'll want to see El Cantante for what's good in it. Otherwise, you may be disappointed. The director (Leon ...

  • 40

    Variety Robert Koehler

    A virtual template of every imaginable cliche of the musical biopic, picture suffers from a lack of narrative and character focus

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    Latino Dramas, Showbiz, Biography