Amadeus Reviews

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Trevor Johnston
Time Out
March 3, 2015
Sheer craftsmanship is the film's key strength.
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
February 4, 2014
The performance of Abraham, who won the Best Actor Oscar for it, is monumental, and so is Forman's direction.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Tasha Robinson
AV Club
February 4, 2014
Forman's tormented, iconoclastic subjects are often pitted against iconic or impersonal antagonists, but Amadeus' conflict remains rivetingly intimate, in spite of its sumptuous, larger-than-life settings.
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Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune
February 20, 2013
The subject of artistic creation is typically handled badly in the movies.... [Amadeus] treats the subject of creativity in a fresh way.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
February 19, 2013
A grand movie entertainment.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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
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Vincent Canby
New York Times
May 20, 2003
As Mozart, Tom Hulce, though extremely American in looks and voice, gets better and better as the drama progresses.
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F.X. Feeney
L.A. Weekly
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.
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
July 20, 2002
Reminds us that movies can be lyrical as well as vulgar, ambitious as well as playful, brilliant as well as down and dirty -- just like Amadeus himself.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
May 23, 2002
Remains a beautiful, deftly directed and superbly acted version of a witty and poignant drama.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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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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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
April 19, 2002
A gloriously colorful confection of music, theater and emotion.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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David Hunter
Hollywood Reporter
April 8, 2002
It's got more music, more drama, more of what made it a big winner with audiences and critics 18 years ago.
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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
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
April 5, 2002
In any incarnation, Amadeus is beautiful to behold.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
April 5, 2002
The principal additions ... are more Amadeus, but not better.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Glenn Lovell
San Jose Mercury News
April 4, 2002
Still a work of consummate artistry and craftsmanship.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4