Based on the true story of the King of Salsa, Hector Lavoe.
Marc Anthony, Jennifer Lopez, John Ortiz, Manny Perez, Federico Castelluccio, Nelson Vasquez
|Screenplay||Leon Ichaso, David Darmstaeder, Todd Bello|
|Music||Willie Colón, Andrés Levin|
|Sound formats||Dolby Digital, Sony Dynamic Digital Sound, DTS|
|Produced by||Nuyorican Productions, R-Caro Productions|
|Sex / Nudity
||Blood / Gore / Gross
|Guns / Weapons
||Alcohol / Drugs
||Disrespectful / Bad Attitude
|Frightening / Tense Scenes
||Tense Family Scenes
||Topics to talk about
What the Critics say
|Cape Argus / The Star|
Diane de Beer
Michael Philips Music beats plot in this sad tale.
Annette Bayne More vice than voice
Natalie Sineke The fact that Lopez and Anthony are actually married and are in fact both musicians makes it all too loaded and reduces the impact of what is otherwise a dazzling film.
|Chicago Sunday 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.
Philip Brown The movie wants to be an honest biopic on pioneering 1970s salsa singer Hector Lavoe, but the stunt casting is so distracting that is hard to think of the characters as anyone other than Lopez and Anthony. El Cantante is a misfire, pure and simple.
Entertaining to hear but otherwise a by the books biopic about the highs and lows of musical fame.
Tomatometer El Cantante adheres to the most basic conventions of the musical biopic, rendering it indistinguishable from others of its ilk.
What the People say
Average .. 41%