Orfeu Negro (Black Orpheus) Reviews

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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
November 15, 2013
An almost irrationally infectious retelling of the Orpheus-Eurydice chestnut set during carnival and feverish with hip-swiveling hustle, exploding local color, and sleeve-worn heart.
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TIME Magazine
November 15, 2013
It is an amazing creation.
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
November 15, 2013
This sort of thing was considered high art not so long ago; now it seems forced and ponderously symbolic.
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
October 23, 2010
[The film has] swirling color, the excitement of samba and the accessible joy of a fabled city, not to mention a charming Orpheus in the young Brazilian Breno Mello, and a dazzling Eurydice in the American-born dancer and actress Marpessa Dawn.
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Variety Staff
Variety
July 22, 2008
Pic is somewhat cerebral, being mainly helped by the fresh playing of the cast.
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
August 3, 2006
One of the great musicals.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
April 14, 2006
Even when the streamers, confetti, and brass bands aren't there, you can see and hear them.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
April 13, 2006
A riotous, rapturous explosion of sound and color.
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Trevor Johnston
Time Out
January 26, 2006
A mixed bag then, but the highlights are memorable.
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Bosley Crowther
New York Times
May 20, 2003
Swarms of sinuous girls and children shimmy and race to the samba beat, which is insistent through most of the footage. That's what makes the picture alive.