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Callas Forever (2002)

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Average Rating: 5.5/10
Critic Reviews: 24
Fresh: 9 | Rotten: 15

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A mournful look at the last days of opera diva Maria Callas, director Franco Zeffirelli's biographical drama attempts to explore the irresistible allure of a comeback for a fallen star who hungers for the success of her past. Weathered from the excess of the previous decade and with her best performances long behind her, Callas (Fanny Ardant) withdraws to her Paris apartment to live her final days in seclusion. Despite being ravaged by a throat disease and being stuck in an extended period of

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All Critics (64) | Top Critics (25) | Fresh (25) | Rotten (34) | DVD (4)

For Callas fans, this is a winner. For others, it should at least be interesting.

February 3, 2005 Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News
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The film's portrait of the singer is indelible. The story as a whole, however, doesn't hold together, primarily because the imaginary characters and situations that surround her are so inadequately sketched.

January 28, 2005 Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle
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A film that forgets to bring its central character to life.

December 24, 2004
Detroit News
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For all the devotion Zeffirelli professes to Callas' legacy, the script reduces her to a cartoon.

December 23, 2004 Full Review Source: Detroit Free Press
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Although the film will hold little appeal for non-opera buffs, its warmth trumps its clichés, odd casting and overacting.

December 9, 2004 Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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A tribute to an artist that never approaches art.

November 29, 2004 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
Seattle Times
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So appealing and ingratiating that it's hard not to be taken in by Zeffirelli's fantasy.

April 19, 2006 Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

In his Ode to his colleague, Zeffirelli reminds us all how fragile egos can be and the lengths artists (and their producers) will go to remain in the limelight.

May 22, 2005 Full Review Source: JWR

Zeffirelli's 'Carmen' looks more PBS than MGM, and this relative poverty helps explain why this sincere but bloodless film has taken three years to limp into theaters.

April 18, 2005
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

The film rises and falls on Ardant's performance and, boy, does she deliver, chewing up scenery and making it look like delicate surgery.

March 25, 2005 Full Review Source: Kansas City Star
Kansas City Star

It's an odd little film with tremendous appeal. It's almost as if Zeffirelli ... has dug up a late-'70s time capsule to share with the world.

March 25, 2005

Justifies its dismissal of factual truth in favor of a deeper sort.

March 4, 2005 Full Review Source: Oregonian
Oregonian

Nothing more than Zeffirelli's wish-fulfillment, pretending to stage a production of 'Carmen' with Fanny Ardant acting as proxy for his late, great star.

February 20, 2005 Full Review Source: EricDSnider.com
EricDSnider.com

Zeffirelli is in his element celebrating Callas' glory and lushly staging Carmen. Alas, the rest of the movie... falls flat.

February 18, 2005 Full Review Source: Salt Lake Tribune
Salt Lake Tribune

Though for opera buffs the result may well be fun, it's also camp with a high C....Douglas Sirk and Ross Hunter, eat your hearts out.

February 13, 2005 Full Review Source: One Guy's Opinion
One Guy's Opinion

Little of it works, and frankly, the film alternates between being dull and being almost campy fun.

February 11, 2005 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

Bravura performances by all. Fanny Ardant shines as the woman in desperate need of a spotlight.

February 4, 2005 Full Review Source: TheMovieChicks.com

Callas may be forever, but Franco Zeffirelli's fictionalized tribute is not.

January 3, 2005 Full Review Source: Boulder Weekly

Achieves some briskly intimate entertainment on its odd terms.

December 24, 2004 Full Review Source: San Diego Union-Tribune
San Diego Union-Tribune

A thoroughly lovely film, for what it lacks in credibility it more than makes up for in authenticity and passion.

December 12, 2004 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

The contact high from the performances is exhilarating, but there too many inconsistencies here to concentrate on the portrait Zeffirelli is attempting to paint.

December 12, 2004 Full Review Source: FilmJerk.com
FilmJerk.com

The movie's fantasy plot doesn't tell us anything about the woman. And her appearance and voice were so distinctive that it's distracting to see her voice matched up with the wrong face.

December 9, 2004 Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press
St. Paul Pioneer Press

Audience Reviews for Callas Forever

Fanny Ardant is great in the title role, Jeremy Irons and Joan Plowright offer exemplary support.
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