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Frida (2002)

Frida (2002)




Critic Consensus: Frida is a passionate, visually striking biopic about the larger-than-life artist.

Movie Info

After being attached to a number of actors, directors, and producers, this long-gestating biography of one of Mexico's most prominent, iconoclastic painters reaches the screen under the guiding hand of producer/star Salma Hayek. Hayek ages some 30 years onscreen as she charts Frida Kahlo's life from feisty schoolgirl to Diego Rivera protégée to world-renowned artist in her own right. Frida details Kahlo's affluent upbringing in Mexico City, and her nurturing relationship with her traditional mother (Patricia Reyes Spindola) and philosophical father (Roger Rees). Having already suffered the crippling effects of polio, Kahlo sustains further injuries when a city bus accident nearly ends her life. But in her bed-ridden state, the young artist produces dozens upon dozens of pieces; when she recovers, she presents them to the legendary -- and legendarily temperamental -- Rivera (Alfred Molina), who takes her under his wing as an artist, a political revolutionary, and, inevitably, a lover. But their relationship is fraught with trouble, as the philandering Rivera traverses the globe painting murals, and Kahlo languishes in obscurity, longing to make her mark on her own. Frida was directed by Julie Taymor, whose Broadway production of The Lion King won her international acclaim. ~ Michael Hastings, Rovimore
Rating: R (for sexuality/nudity and language)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Directed By:
Written By: Clancy Sigal, Diane Lake, Gregory Nava, Anna Thomas, Rodrigo García
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jun 10, 2003
Box Office: $25.7M
Miramax Films - Official Site


Salma Hayek
as Frida Kahlo
Alfred Molina
as Diego Rivera
Geoffrey Rush
as Leon Trotsky
Mia Maestro
as Cristina Kahlo
Ashley Judd
as Tina Modotti
Antonio Banderas
as David Alfaro Siqueir...
Edward Norton
as Nelson Rockefeller
Valeria Golino
as Lupe Marin
Roger Rees
as Guillermo Kahlo
Diego Luna
as Alejandro Gomez
Margarita Sanz
as Natalia Trotsky
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Critic Reviews for Frida

All Critics (169) | Top Critics (44)

a pity that the project paints by the numbers so much

Full Review… | July 22, 2012
Old School Reviews

Sporting mustcahe, Selma Hayek gives a solid performance in the otherwise conventionl and mediocre biopic of the noted Spnish artist.

Full Review… | May 5, 2011

Graphic biopic of artist Frida Kahlo.

Full Review… | January 1, 2011
Common Sense Media

Taymor conveys in imaginative cinematic fashion how for Frida, creating art and living were one and the same.

Full Review… | January 27, 2009

Actress Salma Hayek portrays the famed Mexican surrealist painter in a biopic that neither mythologizes nor decries the artist's accomplishments on or beyond the canvas.

Full Review… | July 2, 2008
IGN Movies

Taymor brings all of her artist's compassion to bear on a subject that deserves it.

Full Review… | February 13, 2008

Audience Reviews for Frida

Visually brilliant biopic about an original directed by an original. Love, love, love.

Jennifer Xu

Super Reviewer


A feast for the eyes...a famine for the ears.

This films moments of immense beauty are almost overshadowed by the mediocre acting.

While Salma Hayek certainly looks the part, there is a certain shallowness to her acting abilities that really did not do the character justice. And Ashley Judd's performance (though mercifully brief) is just painful to watch and hear.

I did learn a lot about Firda's life and with that insight gained a greater appreciation for her work, but what could have been an AMAZING film with a more solid lead...ended up feeling just like a beautifully filmed vanity piece.

Robert C

Super Reviewer

I never much cared for Kahlo's work. Still don't. But it made me respect the woman more. After this I can see how well suited this was for Taymor's directing style. The visual effects that worked for her here were very similar in Across the Universe.
Outstanding acting and beautiful cinematography. Probably one of my favorite biopics. (Much better than Evita...)

Jennifer D

Super Reviewer

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