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Tosca Reviews

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Emanuel Levy

| Original Score: 3/5

July 26, 2005
Jake Euker
F5 (Wichita, KS)

| Original Score: 3/5

July 17, 2005
Melinda Bargreen
Seattle Times
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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.

| Original Score: 2.5/4

April 25, 2003
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star

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

Full Review Source: Arizona Daily Star | Original Score: 3/4

December 19, 2002
Steven Rosen
Denver Post
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For movie lovers as well as opera lovers, Tosca is a real treat.

Full Review Source: Denver Post | Original Score: 4/4

December 6, 2002
Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
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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.

| Original Score: B+

December 6, 2002
Marta Barber
Miami Herald
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Jacquot's Tosca is a treat.

Full Review Source: Miami Herald | Original Score: 3/4

October 4, 2002
T. Hashimoto
San Francisco Examiner

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

| Original Score: 3/4

August 30, 2002
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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The film just might turn on many people to opera, in general, an art form at once visceral and spiritual, wonderfully vulgar and sublimely lofty -- and as emotionally grand as life.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 3/4

August 30, 2002
Georgia Rowe
Contra Costa Times

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

Full Review Source: Contra Costa Times

August 29, 2002
Daniel Cariaga
Los Angeles Times
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Altogether, this is successful as a film, while at the same time being a most touching reconsideration of the familiar masterpiece.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 4/5

August 14, 2002
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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Director Benoit Jacquot, making his first opera-to-film translation with Tosca, conveys the heaving passion of Puccini's famous love-jealousy- murder-suicide fandango with great cinematic innovation.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: B+

August 2, 2002
Alan Rich
L.A. Weekly
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This filmed Tosca -- not the first, by the way -- is a pretty good job, if it's filmed Tosca that you want. I'll stay with the stage versions, however, which bite cleaner, and deeper.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

August 1, 2002
Gregory Weinkauf
New Times

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
Peter Rainer
New York Magazine
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A rare example of first-rate filmed opera.

Full Review Source: New York Magazine

July 21, 2002
Jon Popick
Planet Sick-Boy

I'd rather watch a rerun of The Powerpuff Girls

| Original Score: 6/10

July 12, 2002
Jan Stuart
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Benoit Jacquot serves up Puccini's warhorse with a minimum of cinematic hoo-ha and a maximum of respect.

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 2.5/4

July 12, 2002
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor

A fine production with splendid singing by Angela Gheorghiu, Ruggero Raimondi, and Roberto Alagna.

Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor | Original Score: 3/4

July 12, 2002
Maitland McDonagh
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Jacquot's strategy allows his cast the benefit of being able to give full performances ... while demonstrating vividly that the beauty and power of the opera reside primarily in the music itself.

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 3/5

July 11, 2002
A.O. Scott
New York Times
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For the most part, it works beautifully as a movie without sacrificing the integrity of the opera.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 4/5

July 11, 2002
Geoff Andrew
Time Out
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Boston Phoenix
September 21, 2002

Guardian [UK]
May 26, 2002
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