• Diva
    3 minutes 47 seconds
    Added: May 9, 2008


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Diva Reviews

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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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As with so many pop moments a quarter-century on, what once looked sexy now smells a little sexist.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 2.5/4

February 22, 2008
David Fear
Time Out New York
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An elaborate, subtitled exercise in blowing hot air.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 3/6

January 18, 2008
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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Here is a director taking audacious chances, doing wild and unpredictable things with his camera and actors, just to celebrate moviemaking.

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

October 23, 2004
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express

A topsy-turvy wonderland of stylistic riffs and thematic threads reverberating back on themselves for the sheer, exuberant, sexy hell of it.

Full Review Source: East Bay Express

April 28, 2011
Richard Knight
Windy City Times

Director Jean Jacques-Beineix's pop art pastiche is a glittering mix of artifice and genuine cool with its intricate yet effortless thriller plot enacted by some of the screen's most individual and eccentric characters; its combination of playful sexiness

Full Review Source: Windy City Times

May 22, 2008
Kam Williams

An endlessly-inventive,edge-of-your-seat crime caper blessed with an abundance of amusing twist and turns, a stirring soundtrack and unorthodox cinematography which all add up to a sumptuous cinematic classic among the very best movies ever made.

Full Review Source: NewsBlaze | Original Score: 4/4

November 1, 2007
Beth Accomando

Beineix choreographs the actors and the camera into a stunning and stylish cinematic dance... This is not a musical in the strict sense of the word but it certainly feels like one in the way it moves.

January 10, 2008
Cole Smithey

| Original Score: 4/5

October 18, 2008
Benjamin Sutton
New York Press

It flows between its romance, drama and thriller plots more smoothly than today's best genre-blenders.

Full Review Source: New York Press

October 31, 2007
Variety Staff
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The novel touches, bizarre chases and plot twists, breathtaking camerawork by Philippe Rousselot and tension-filled editing, make Diva a superior piece of entertainment.

Full Review Source: Variety

October 31, 2007
Beverly Berning

Jean-Jacques Beniex's bold experiment is worth a place of importance in cinematic history.

Full Review Source: culturevulture.net

March 22, 2008
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

| Original Score: 4/5

February 7, 2003
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Intelligent, gripping and slick French thriller.

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

July 17, 2007
Sean Axmaker
Turner Classic Movies Online

... Beineix directs with a visual cleverness and a witty playfulness that tells the audience to hang back and have fun.

Full Review Source: Turner Classic Movies Online

December 29, 2007
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews

...back upon its original 1981 release, it was a true 'wow,' a filmic equivalent of the post-punk new wave music scene that was current.

Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews | Original Score: B+

February 23, 2008
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
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A light-headed, fleet-footed French caper, Jean-Jacques Beineix's ultra-stylish Diva stormed the art houses when it was released in 1982, and it's still a lot of fun now -- though its hip patina feels more quaint these days than cool.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Original Score: 3/4

January 10, 2008
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: A

September 7, 2011
Hank Sartin
Time Out
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Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 3/5

November 17, 2011
Leba Hertz
San Francisco Chronicle
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I still loved every minute of it.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 4/4

December 7, 2007
Nathan Lee
Village Voice
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Half a century later, a glut of über-groovy meta-thrillers has blunted the novelty of Diva, but its gamboling flair is still a kick.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

October 31, 2007
Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan
October 18, 2008
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