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Amadeus Reviews

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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
Jeffrey Gantz
Boston Phoenix
June 11, 2002
The triumph of mediocrity over genius. It's the Salieri of movies.
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
December 17, 2006
Peter Shaffer's shrewdly orchestrated cultural evening gets a steady, dignified, moderately dull treatment from Milos Forman.
Michael Sragow
Baltimore Sun
February 4, 2014
Except for the Mozart music and Tharp movements around the edges, Amadeus plays like a monument to mediocrity.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Colin Shearman
Time Out
June 24, 2006
The entire cast speaks in horribly intrusive American accents, but Forman makes some perceptive connections between Mozart's life and work.
Gilbert Adair
Monthly Film Bulletin
March 3, 2015
What Amadeus presents us with is an unexpected and strangely moving spectacle: a Roadrunner cartoon in which Wily Coyote... ends at last by stopping his fleet-footed foe dead in his tracks.
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
December 30, 2002
| Original Score: 3/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
April 24, 2002
In a film of grand gestures, some of the finest moments are very subtle.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
February 21, 2001
Teens will be interested to learn that this movie was written by a man whose twin brother was for a time the more commercially successful of the two, both playwrights, which surely influenced his choice of subject and his approach.
| Original Score: 5/5
Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs
March 3, 2015
The look of the film is absolutely gorgeous.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Michael Szymanski
Zap2it.com
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
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
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
February 19, 2008
On a production level and as an evocation of a time and place, Amadeus is loaded with pleasures.
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
March 12, 2015
One of the best American films of the 1980s.
Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
Charles Cassady
Common Sense Media
December 14, 2010
Great movie, but not quite true to history.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
April 5, 2002
Like the composers the film so wondrously depicts, Amadeus: Director's Cut is a divine work in need of a little earthly restraint.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
April 5, 2002
Most costume epics come complete with a deadly seriousness, a dreary self-importance that demands respect but doesn't earn any love. Amadeus turns that notion on its side and introduces fresh air back into the stuffiness.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
David Cornelius
eFilmCritic.com
March 1, 2005
Amadeus is a masterful combination of acting and storytelling, of sight and sound.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Trevor Johnston
Time Out
March 3, 2015
Sheer craftsmanship is the film's key strength.
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