Amadeus Reviews

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Emanuel Levy
June 29, 2006

A smart, intelligent, and sumptuous entertainment, and for a change a Hollywood movie that captures the essence of genius and creativity, in this case Mozart's music and Salieri's sponsorship, without resorting to visual or verbal cliches.

Full Review | Original Score: A
Geoff Andrew
Time Out
Top Critic
June 24, 2006

The entire cast speaks in horribly intrusive American accents, but Forman makes some perceptive connections between Mozart's life and work.

David Cornelius
March 1, 2005

Amadeus is a masterful combination of acting and storytelling, of sight and sound.

Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Jeffrey Overstreet
Looking Closer
January 15, 2005

Anyone who has ever struggled with mediocrity, desired to master a craft, or competed with another for a prize or for love (and I imagine that's just about everyone) will sympathize with the sufferings of the forgettable Salieri.

| Original Score: A+
S. James Wegg
October 10, 2004

Director Milos Forman ... gives Tom Hulce free reign to portray the world's most sublime composer as a drunken, selfish fool giggling his way into the ears of Vienna.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
April 27, 2004

Not a bust, but less absorbing when all the Europeans talk Americanese.

Full Review | Original Score: B-
Dan Jardine
Apollo Guide
September 1, 2003

A clever and majestic hybrid of art house fare and middle brow entertainment.

Full Review | Original Score: 81/100
Michael Szymanski
August 3, 2003

A bit overdone and overblown, the movie could have easily had a half-hour cut out of it, and no one would have noticed.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
James Berardinelli
Top Critic
July 31, 2003

It is arguably the best motion picture ever made about the process of creation and the creator.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)
June 19, 2003

Terrific entertainment

| Original Score: 5/5
Vincent Canby
New York Times
Top Critic
May 20, 2003

As Mozart, Tom Hulce, though extremely American in looks and voice, gets better and better as the drama progresses.

Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium
March 28, 2003

More than a portrait of Mozart: a brilliant examination of the creative impulse and a subtle satire of man's limitations.

| Original Score: 5/5
Brent Simon
Entertainment Today
January 16, 2003

The 20 extra minutes in this cut add little to Milos Forman's sprawling biopic of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

Full Review | Original Score: A-
Brad Laidman
Film Threat
December 8, 2002

Hulce's goofy performance is pretty fun to watch in and of itself. He is out for sheer partying and joy like the hardest living Rock Star, a dandy fop with a silly laugh and an ego to match.

Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
October 26, 2002

Filled with hundreds of magic moments and dozens of striking scenes, the energetic, vibrant and entertaining Amadeus stands up to repeated viewings over many years.

Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan
October 21, 2002

A visual and aural treat.

Forrest Hartman
Reno Gazette-Journal
October 11, 2002

Remarkable fictional account of Mozart's life. One of the best films of its decade.

| Original Score: 5/5
F.X. Feeney
L.A. Weekly
Top Critic
October 3, 2002

This dark, exuberant epic is nearly 18 years old, yet remains the most popularly successful film ever to render the inner life of an artist.

Philip French
Observer [UK]
August 3, 2002

A visual and aural treat.

Diana Saenger
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
August 2, 2002

A rewarding pictorial of a fascinating time -- its culture, music and notable people.

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