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Cantinflas is a nostalgic, occasionally schlocky, look at the Mexican icon. While a substantial number of scenes are heavy-handed, the actor who plays Cantinflas— Óscar Jaenada — is a standout.
Los Angeles Times
Cantinflas the movie tries to capture the magic of this much-loved legend, and it does so in fits and starts.
McClatchy-Tribune News Service
A historically interesting story is painted in broad, colorless strokes, alternating as it does between soap opera and slapstick.
The result, I’m afraid, is a big disappointment, a disjointed mess that tries to create a point-counterpoint narrative with these two savvy showmen, which inevitably tips the scales in favoring one of them. The problem is, it’s not the one you think.
This is interesting and fun to watch, but not so much for what it reveals as for what it hints at. Cantinflas just doesn't provide enough for getting a handle on the man, but will have me, at least, doing further reading and watching as it really whets the appetite to know more about this great talent.
The Hollywood Reporter
Cantinflas hops from cliche to cliche with lazy thoughtlessness.
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