Callas Forever Reviews

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Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
April 19, 2006
So appealing and ingratiating that it's hard not to be taken in by Zeffirelli's fantasy.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
May 22, 2005
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
April 18, 2005
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.
| Original Score: 2/4
Robert W. Butler
Kansas City Star
March 25, 2005
The film rises and falls on Ardant's performance and, boy, does she deliver, chewing up scenery and making it look like delicate surgery.
Larry Ratliff
San Antonio Express-News
March 25, 2005
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.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Marc Mohan
Oregonian
March 4, 2005
Justifies its dismissal of factual truth in favor of a deeper sort.
Eric D. Snider
EricDSnider.com
February 20, 2005
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.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Sean Means
Salt Lake Tribune
February 18, 2005
Zeffirelli is in his element celebrating Callas' glory and lushly staging Carmen. Alas, the rest of the movie... falls flat.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
February 13, 2005
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.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
February 11, 2005
Little of it works, and frankly, the film alternates between being dull and being almost campy fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
February 4, 2005
Bravura performances by all. Fanny Ardant shines as the woman in desperate need of a spotlight.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Top Critic
Olin Chism
Dallas Morning News
February 3, 2005
For Callas fans, this is a winner. For others, it should at least be interesting.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Top Critic
Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
January 28, 2005
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
January 3, 2005
Callas may be forever, but Franco Zeffirelli's fictionalized tribute is not.
David Elliott
San Diego Union-Tribune
December 24, 2004
Achieves some briskly intimate entertainment on its odd terms.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Top Critic
Tom Long
Detroit News
December 24, 2004
A film that forgets to bring its central character to life.
| Original Score: C
Top Critic
Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
December 23, 2004
For all the devotion Zeffirelli professes to Callas' legacy, the script reduces her to a cartoon.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Wade Major
Boxoffice Magazine
December 12, 2004
A thoroughly lovely film, for what it lacks in credibility it more than makes up for in authenticity and passion.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Brian Orndorf
FilmJerk.com
December 12, 2004
The contact high from the performances is exhilarating, but there too many inconsistencies here to concentrate on the portrait Zeffirelli is attempting to paint.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
December 9, 2004
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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