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Callas Forever Reviews

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Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

So appealing and ingratiating that it's hard not to be taken in by Zeffirelli's fantasy.

Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC) | Original Score: 4/5

April 19, 2006

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 Source: JWR | Original Score: 3.5/5

May 22, 2005
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

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

April 18, 2005
Robert W. Butler
Kansas City Star

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

Full Review Source: Kansas City Star

March 25, 2005
Larry Ratliff
San Antonio Express-News

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

March 25, 2005
Marc Mohan

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

Full Review Source: Oregonian

March 4, 2005
Eric D. Snider

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 Source: | Original Score: C

February 20, 2005
Sean Means
Salt Lake Tribune

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

Full Review Source: Salt Lake Tribune | Original Score: 2/4

February 18, 2005
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion

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 Source: One Guy's Opinion | Original Score: C+

February 13, 2005
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

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

Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City | Original Score: 2/4

February 11, 2005

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

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 3.5/5

February 4, 2005
Olin Chism
Dallas Morning News
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For Callas fans, this is a winner. For others, it should at least be interesting.

Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News | Original Score: A-

February 3, 2005
Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
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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.

Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle | Original Score: 3/4

January 28, 2005
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly

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

Full Review Source: Boulder Weekly

January 3, 2005
David Elliott
San Diego Union-Tribune

Achieves some briskly intimate entertainment on its odd terms.

Full Review Source: San Diego Union-Tribune | Original Score: 2.5/4

December 24, 2004
Tom Long
Detroit News
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A film that forgets to bring its central character to life.

| Original Score: C

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

Full Review Source: Detroit Free Press | Original Score: 2/4

December 23, 2004
Wade Major
Boxoffice Magazine

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

Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine | Original Score: 3.5/5

December 12, 2004
Brian Orndorf

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 Source: | Original Score: C+

December 12, 2004
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press

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 Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press | Original Score: 1/4

December 9, 2004
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