Almost dripping with Technicolor, That Night in Rio stands as a monument to the wartime "Good Neighbor" policy (in fact, the Brazilian ambassador to Washington pronounced it "the kind of picture that will be helpful to North and South American relations") and to the by no means small talents of Carmen Miranda. Playing the jealous fiancée with her special blend of language-mangling vigor, Miranda takes center stage in two of her all-time best production numbers, "Chica, Chica, Boom Chic," performed with leading man Don Ameche, and "I, Yi, Yi, Yi (I Like You Very Much)." She fills the film with her presence, leaving scant room for nominal leading lady Alice Faye, whose confused baroness (is Ameche her husband or the impostor of the husband pretending to be the impostor?) is left to warble the rather more sedate "They Met in Rio." The story, such as it is, is the by-now well-known fairy tale of a musical entertainer hired to impersonate his lookalike, a financially strapped business tycoon. Faye, Ameche, and such character players as J. Carrol Naish, Curt Bois, and Frank Puglia give that plot all the serious attention it merits -- in other words, none -- and that is as it should be.
by Hans J. Wollstein review