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 … More

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


as Frida Kahlo

as Diego Rivera

as Leon Trotsky

as Cristina Kahlo

as Tina Modotti

as David Alfaro Siqueir...

as Nelson Rockefeller

as Lupe Marin

as Guillermo Kahlo

as Alejandro Gomez

as Natalia Trotsky
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Critic Reviews for Frida

All Critics (168) | 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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