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El Cantante

HD   R Closed Captioning

Leon Ichaso

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About the Movie

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.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 107
  • Fresh: 27
  • Rotten: 80
  • Average Rating: 4.8/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: Throughout El Cantante, we're told repeatedly that everybody loves Hector, though why they should love him is a mystery. For fully two-thirds of the film, there isn't enough there either to like or dislike. – Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle, Jun 24, 2010

Rotten: A downer of a musical biopic that leaves no cliche unturned. – Lou Lumenick, New York Post, Jun 24, 2010

Rotten: Marc Anthony plays the smack-addicted singer, who has some dynamite numbers but not much to say for himself. – J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader, Jun 24, 2010

Rotten: The film's first half is an uneven string of scenes that offer little setup and sometimes confuse. – Joey Guerra, Houston Chronicle, Jun 24, 2010

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Customer Reviews


Excelent movie, to people like Salsa. Hector and Marc, Bravo!

Loved it :)

i enjoyed it a lot.


This is my favorite movie of all time, but why is it only available for rent and not purchase?

El Cantante
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  • $14.99
  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: 2007

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