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Buena Vista Social Club Review

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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 5.0

    out of 100

    Universal acclaim
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 50

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    It is a touching story, and the musicians (some over 90 years old) still have fire and grace onstage, but, man, does the style of this documentary get in the way.

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  • 67

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    What the film leaves unexplained is how this joyous musical outpouring, which predated the revolution, could fare under a system with a pathological distrust of beauty.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 10+

Cuban musicians tell their life stories.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this documentary film is in Spanish and subtitled in English. Aside from a few men, smoking cigars, there is very little objectionable content. The film is rather slow and requires a good deal of attention to follow.

  • Families can talk about the cultural diversity featured in the film. How do the lives of the members of the Buena Vista Social Club relate to ours at home? How does music play a role in our everyday experiences? What kind of life lessons can we draw from the film?

The good stuff
  • message true3

    Messages: Very positive and inspirational representations of the elderly and of people working together as a group.

What to watch for
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    Violence: Not an issue

  • sex false3

    Sex: A few song lyrics imply sexuality.

  • language false0

    Language: Not an issue

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Some window shopping in New York.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Some cigar smoking.