When a familiar actor or actress portrays a beloved icon, especially one who is no longer alive, their performance is usually critiqued more harshly because people already have an opinion about them. Many people did not feel like Jennifer Lopez was deserving enough to play Selena and had a negative opinion about it before they even saw the movie. I was a big Selena fan. I am not a big Jennifer Lopez fan, but I thought she did a wonderful job, particularly at capturing the joyous personality Selena was known for.
Lopez's tribute to Selena Quintanilla was all the more moving because Lopez has a personal connection to Selena. Lopez attained mainstream notoriety after her portrayal of the Tejano star in the hit 1997 biopic “Selena.” Lopez was joined on stage by Selena's widower, Chris Perez, her sister and brother, and former members of Selena’s band, Los Dinos; which made the tribute even more personal and moving.
In the movie when Jennifer Lopez sung if you closed your eyes you would have sworn it was Selena Quintanilla singing. Not very many actors or actress' could portray someone that well,even in the speaking parts if one did not know better they would have thought it was the real Selena.
According to those who were close to Selena Quintanilla her voice sounded really spot on and the proper look not far behind. Billboard online claims the fashion was really similar and the the represented how Selena looked in the mid 1990's and sang her hits such as mance). washing machine" in the right tune.