For Callas fans, this is a winner. For others, it should at least be interesting.
| Original Score: A-
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.
| Original Score: 3/4
A film that forgets to bring its central character to life.
| Original Score: C
For all the devotion Zeffirelli professes to Callas' legacy, the script reduces her to a cartoon.
| Original Score: 2/4
Although the film will hold little appeal for non-opera buffs, its warmth trumps its clichés, odd casting and overacting.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
| Original Score: 2/4
A tribute to an artist that never approaches art.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
Goes far deeper into one man's opera-diva fetish than most people will want to follow.
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.
On about five different levels, Callas Forever constitutes grave robbery.
By aspiring no higher than campy adulation, it ill serves the memory of the most storied opera diva of the last century.
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.
Though campy at times, Callas Forever is a generous offering, full of flamboyant characters and grand performances.
Melodramatic realism is the wrong genre to tell the tale of a figure whose life was already over-the-top melodramatic.
Campy and clichéd.
This fictional 'what if' scenario is a bit campy and stagey, like a session of Opera 101.
A lip-synching hall of mirrors, it is essentially a piece of highbrow karaoke.
| Original Score: 2/5
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.
| Original Score: 4/5
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.'
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.
Ardant ... gives in this film the performance of her life.
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.
Despite a faintly campy script by Martin Sherman, Zeffirelli captures the artistic imperative that drives both characters -- and deepens their loneliness.