'Chico & Rita' Critic Reviews

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MovieWeb:   1 reviews
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Rotten Tomatoes:   69 reviews
  • A.O. Scott New York Times (Top Critic)
    80
    Sexy, sweet and laced with a sadness at once specific to its place and time and accessible to anyone with a breakable heart, "Chico & Rita" is an animated valentine to Cuba and its music.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Peter Bradshaw Guardian [UK] (Top Critic)
    80
    The great names of both Cuban and American jazz are invoked, and Chico and Rita's tragicomic love story meshes very pleasingly with this musical backdrop.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Michael O'Sullivan Washington Post (Top Critic)
    88
    A pure delight, a keenly affecting, visually ravishing tale.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Ty Burr Boston Globe (Top Critic)
    63
    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.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Michelle Orange Village Voice (Top Critic)
    A dazzling thing to behold.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News (Top Critic)
    60
    The real romance here is between the filmmakers and the cultural moment they hope to document.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times (Top Critic)
    88
    It's entertaining to watch, and I enjoyed the way they slipped in such real-life figures as Dizzy Gillespie beside the fictional leads.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Tom Long Detroit News (Top Critic)
    67
    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.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Lou Lumenick New York Post (Top Critic)
    88
    "Chico and Rita'' beguiles first and foremost as a bebop romance that evokes a bygone era as well as, or maybe even better than, "The Artist."
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Fiona Morrow Globe and Mail (Top Critic)
    75
    This sexy, pulpy, very grown-up film is not your usual best animated feature material.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Andrew O'Hehir Salon.com (Top Critic)
    A dazzling and delightful work of modernist animation, a classic movie romance and a hip-swinging, finger-popping tale of musical revolution...
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Stephen Farber Hollywood Reporter (Top Critic)
    A visually hypnotic, musically electric film.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
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    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Betsy Sharkey Los Angeles Times (Top Critic)
    80
    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.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Emanuel Levy EmanuelLevy.Com
    75
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Mike Scott Times-Picayune
    80
    A vivid and musical illustration of the transportive powers of cinema.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • John Beifuss Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
    75
    Brash and jazzy and -- to use a word not often associated with animated feature films -- sexy.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Joe Williams St. Louis Post-Dispatch
    88
    When a place and its people are this stylish, we can't help but be drawn to them.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Shawn Levy Oregonian
    84
    It's hot and sweet and made with inspiration and cheek. And it is not your children's animated fare -- which, in this case, is a recommendation.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Matt Brunson Creative Loafing
    63
    The animation is inventive and eye-popping everywhere except where it most matters: the design of the characters.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Ken Hanke Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
    90
    The images and the music -- and for that matter the story -- seem to belong together to create the vibrant whole of the film.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • John Anderson Newsday
    88
    "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.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Rob Thomas Capital Times (Madison, WI)
    63
    The movie works better if you sink into its milieu, enjoying the jazzy color schemes, the fluid animation and, above all, a dynamite soundtrack.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Frank Swietek One Guy's Opinion
    42
    A perfectly agreeable exercise in musical nostalgia...undermined by clumsiness of execution.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Kelly Vance East Bay Express
    A gorgeous, joyous, disarmingly nostalgic musical confection.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
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