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Tosca

Tosca (2002)

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Average Rating: 6.9/10
Critic Reviews: 17
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This production of Puccini's classic opera Tosca features Patricia Racette performing the title role, assisted by Robertro Alagna and George Gagnidze. ~ Perry Seibert, Rovi

Oct 25, 2005

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All Critics (41) | Top Critics (18) | Fresh (24) | Rotten (13) | DVD (1)

You would be better off investing in the worthy EMI recording that serves as the soundtrack, or the home video of the 1992 Malfitano-Domingo production.

June 12, 2003 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune
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With three excellent principal singers, a youthful and good-looking diva and tenor and richly handsome locations, it's enough to make you wish Jacquot had left well enough alone and just filmed the opera without all these distortions of perspective.

April 25, 2003
Seattle Times
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For movie lovers as well as opera lovers, Tosca is a real treat.

December 6, 2002 Full Review Source: Denver Post
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From the trembling fury of Gheorgiu's Tosca to the penetrating stare of Raimondi's Scarpia, this Tosca blazes with passion. At its best, it's sublime.

December 6, 2002
Denver Rocky Mountain News
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Jacquot's Tosca is a treat.

October 4, 2002 Full Review Source: Miami Herald
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It is impossible to imagine wanting to see Jacquot's film more than once, if that.

September 20, 2002 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
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Benoit Jacquot ("School of Flesh") directs this stylistically challenging cinematic rendering of Giacomo Puccini's famous 1899 opera with an appropriately powerful performance by opera diva Angela Gheorgiu.

June 6, 2009 Full Review Source: ColeSmithey.com
ColeSmithey.com

The performance is curiously cold, surprisingly artificial and removed from the very passion embedded deeply within the score and libretto.

April 25, 2003 Full Review Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Definitely not a movie for everyone, but should please fans of the classic opera.

December 19, 2002 Full Review Source: Arizona Daily Star
Arizona Daily Star

If you can read the subtitles (the opera is sung in Italian) and you like 'Masterpiece Theatre' type costumes, you'll enjoy this movie.

August 30, 2002
San Francisco Examiner

Passion, lip-synching, tragedy, and lots of really really high notes. For me, this opera isn't a favorite, so it's a long time before the fat lady sings.

August 30, 2002 Full Review Source: TheMovieChicks.com

The director sees the strengths of Alagna and Gheorghiu and plays them for every cinematic moment.

August 29, 2002 Full Review Source: Contra Costa Times
Contra Costa Times

Opera on film is never satisfactory. The art demands live viewing. The innate theatrics that provide its thrills and extreme emotions lose their luster when flattened onscreen.

August 2, 2002 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

Audiences are advised to sit near the back and squint to avoid noticing some truly egregious lip-non-synching, but otherwise the production is suitably elegant.

August 1, 2002
New Times

Every conceivable mistake a director could make in filming opera has been perpetrated here.

July 27, 2002 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
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