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Callas Forever Reviews

Time Out
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June 24, 2006

AV Club
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September 26, 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
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

Denver Rocky Mountain News
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December 17, 2004
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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Although the film will hold little appeal for non-opera buffs, its warmth trumps its clichés, odd casting and overacting.

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 2.5/4

December 9, 2004

Philadelphia Inquirer
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| Original Score: 2/4

December 4, 2004
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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A tribute to an artist that never approaches art.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 1.5/4

November 29, 2004
Philip Kennicott
Washington Post
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Goes far deeper into one man's opera-diva fetish than most people will want to follow.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

November 29, 2004
Desson Thomson
Washington Post
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It's a small-scale premise for a movie and, given its wooden, dubbed dialogue (a supreme irony), it's an experience purely for Callas fans.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

November 29, 2004
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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On about five different levels, Callas Forever constitutes grave robbery.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 2/4

November 28, 2004
John von Rhein
Chicago Tribune
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By aspiring no higher than campy adulation, it ill serves the memory of the most storied opera diva of the last century.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 2/4

November 26, 2004
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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Most of the budget seems to have gone to the moments of Carmen that we see; they look sumptuous and robust, and the surrounding film looks, well, like a low-budget art movie.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 2.5/4

November 26, 2004
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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Though campy at times, Callas Forever is a generous offering, full of flamboyant characters and grand performances.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 3/4

November 24, 2004
Enrique Fernandez
Miami Herald
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Melodramatic realism is the wrong genre to tell the tale of a figure whose life was already over-the-top melodramatic.

Full Review Source: Miami Herald | Original Score: 2/4

November 12, 2004
V.A. Musetto
New York Post
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Campy and clichéd.

| Original Score: 2/4

November 5, 2004
Jami Bernard
New York Daily News
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This fictional 'what if' scenario is a bit campy and stagey, like a session of Opera 101.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 2/4

November 5, 2004
Stephen Holden
New York Times
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A lip-synching hall of mirrors, it is essentially a piece of highbrow karaoke.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 2/5

November 4, 2004
Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
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The result is not only one of Zeffirelli's sumptuous productions but also a film that celebrates the sacredness of artistic integrity that to Zeffirelli Callas embodied fully.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 4/5

November 4, 2004
Rex Reed
New York Observer
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You will go away devastated and raving about the great French actress Fanny Ardant as Callas. It's a titanic performance that redefines the term 'tour de force.'

Full Review Source: New York Observer

November 4, 2004
Deborah Young
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Upscale auds will enjoy the film's affectionate portrait of the diva, coupled with a selection of her great recordings and Zeffirelli's dazzling, fictional stagings of Carmen.

Full Review Source: Variety

November 4, 2004
Chuck Wilson
L.A. Weekly
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Ardant ... gives in this film the performance of her life.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

November 4, 2004
David Blaylock
Village Voice
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Sadly, this camp drama, a eulogy by one of Callas's closest friends, pales in comparison to the four minutes of 'La Mamma Morta' in Philadelphia.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

November 2, 2004
Ted Shen
Chicago Reader
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Despite a faintly campy script by Martin Sherman, Zeffirelli captures the artistic imperative that drives both characters -- and deepens their loneliness.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

July 3, 2004
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