• PG, 2 hr. 10 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Luchino Visconti
    In Theaters:
    Mar 1, 1971 Wide
    On DVD:
    Feb 17, 2004
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Death in Venice Reviews

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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Visconti's mastery of visual style almost succeeds in creating the very ideas and feelings that his heavy-handed narrative entirely misses.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 2.5/4

October 23, 2004
Christopher Null
Filmcritic.com

Bogarde plays Gustav with a hamfist, practically drooling over the kid he's stalking

Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com | Original Score: 2.5/5

January 31, 2004
Bill Chambers
Film Freak Central

Almost absurdly soporific

Full Review Source: Film Freak Central | Original Score: 2/4

March 2, 2004
Vincent Canby
New York Times
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Instead of bringing the story to life, Visconti has, I'm afraid, embalmed it.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 2/5

May 20, 2003
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

| Original Score: 3/5

January 23, 2003
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com

| Original Score: 4/5

October 10, 2005
Dan Jardine
Cinemania

Visconti's self-conscious and self-reflexive artistry can be off-putting, but with Death in Venice, he's crafted a sumptuous feast for the senses.

Full Review Source: Cinemania | Original Score: 80/100

June 23, 2004
Dan Jardine
Apollo Guide

A sumptuous visual feast, a well-told tale of a tortured artist's sturm und drung.

Full Review Source: Apollo Guide | Original Score: 80/100

July 21, 2004
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Can never get to the literary heart of the novel without stumbling along on a curiously suffocating course.

Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: B

September 22, 2008
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals

| Original Score: 5/5

July 26, 2003
John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews

| Original Score: 4/5

January 10, 2008
Jennie Kermode
Eye for Film

Full Review Source: Eye for Film | Original Score: 5/5

March 23, 2012
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Gorgeous, sumptuous, and slow as an arthritic turtle.

| Original Score: 3/5

February 2, 2003
Jamie Russell
BBC.com

Not even the classical soundtrack can turn this ponderous portrait of one man's obsession into the cinematic classic it has so often been mistaken for.

Full Review Source: BBC.com | Original Score: 3/5

February 11, 2003
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com

| Original Score: 5/5

July 19, 2005
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com

Even critics who didn't like Visconti's version of Mann's novella praised Dirk Bogarde in the lead and the film's production values, especially costume design, which was Oscar nominated.

Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com | Original Score: B+

April 12, 2012

TV Guide's Movie Guide

Despite the omissions from Mann's text, dependence on flashbacks, and overwrought arguments about art and music between Aschenbach and a colleague, it remains a film of great beauty.

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 4.5/5

July 30, 2003
Nick Barbaro
Austin Chronicle
March 10, 2003

Guardian
March 25, 2003

Film4
May 24, 2003

Time Out
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January 26, 2006

Variety
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October 18, 2008
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