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Frida

Frida (2002)

tomatometer

76

Average Rating: 6.9/10
Reviews Counted: 151
Fresh: 115 | Rotten: 36

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

66

Average Rating: 6.8/10
Critic Reviews: 38
Fresh: 25 | Rotten: 13

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

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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

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Drama, Romance

Clancy Sigal, Diane Lake, Gregory Nava, Anna Thomas

Jun 10, 2003

$25.7M

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All Critics (168) | Top Critics (44) | Fresh (115) | Rotten (36) | DVD (34)

Taymor's triumph is that her film, despite its distance from us in some ways, is pertinent and enthralling.

December 2, 2002
The New Republic
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Ms. Taymor gets magnificent performances from Ms. Hayek as Frida and Alfred Molina as the oversexed Diego Rivera.

November 22, 2002 Full Review Source: New York Observer
New York Observer
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If Frida doesn't tell us anything that we don't already know, it does dramatize Kahlo's life with a fiery, soulful beauty.

November 8, 2002 Full Review Source: Miami Herald
Miami Herald
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Passionate, provocative, hilarious, tragic and just dizzyingly beautiful to behold.

November 8, 2002 Full Review Source: Detroit News
Detroit News
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[The screenplay's] flatness ultimately defeats a film that's always a treat to look at.

November 8, 2002 Full Review Source: Denver Post
Denver Post
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a pity that the project paints by the numbers so much

July 22, 2012 Full Review Source: Old School Reviews

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

May 5, 2011 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com | Comments (2)
EmanuelLevy.Com

Graphic biopic of artist Frida Kahlo.

January 1, 2011 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

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

January 27, 2009 Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com
TheMovieReport.com

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.

July 2, 2008 Full Review Source: IGN Movies
IGN Movies

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

February 13, 2008 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
eFilmCritic.com

Salma Hayek earned an Oscar nomination for her fierce, passionate portrayal of the famous, iconic Mexican painter.

September 22, 2007 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

[A]s in soap opera, drama is synonymous with the torments of love. Hayek is a brave, tireless performer, ... but given the script she can only play Kahlo the "beguiling personality" she liked to think of herself as ... rather than Kahlo the artist.

September 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Blogcritics.org
Blogcritics.org

Frida boasts a small galaxy of charismatic stars orbiting two appealing actors in the juiciest roles of their careers.

December 6, 2004
Looking Closer

While this conventional bio-pic may please middle brow audiences, fans of Ms. Taymor are almost certain to realize that the film could have been so much more than this.

August 22, 2004 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
Apollo Guide

While Hayek's portrayal is appealing and sincere, it's a shade too adoring. She doesn't convey the excruciating pain that besieged Kahlo.

June 23, 2004 Full Review Source: Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)

Disappointingly conventional, particularly given Taymor's past work on stage and screen.

June 23, 2004 Full Review Source: Cinemania

A glossy, paint-by-numbers portrait best hung in a bank lobby. Taymor seems to forget that what defined Kahlo's artistic output was the terrible pain she endured...

February 16, 2004 Full Review Source: Boulder Weekly

A blasé etching of a fraught relationship, largely ignoring the social and political influences on Frida's art.

December 1, 2003
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

...it's the performances that elevate Frida to more than just movie-of-the-week fodder.

August 1, 2003 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

Salma Hayek brilha em alguns momentos e fracassa ridiculamente em outros. A direção de arte e os efeitos são interessantes, mas o roteiro não contribui. Destaque para Molina.

July 25, 2003
Cinema em Cena

A maddeningly vague biography, Frida is all the worse for starting off with such narrative promise and visual pizzazz before degenerating into boring, episodic misery.

June 27, 2003 Full Review

. . .a feast for the senses, the mind, and the soul.

April 5, 2003 Full Review Source: Killer Movie Reviews
Killer Movie Reviews

Not bad, not great -- fine, I suppose.

April 2, 2003 Full Review Source: UK Critic

Should be a fascinating story, but, oddly enough, it is not compelling.

March 27, 2003 Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope
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Audience Reviews for Frida

Visually brilliant biopic about an original directed by an original. Love, love, love.
May 30, 2011
jennifxu

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.
March 29, 2011
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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...)
December 7, 2010
MeetMeinMontauk
Jennifer D

Super Reviewer

Fascinating and insightful. Alfred Molina seems perfectly suited for the role of Diego Rivera and Hayek is simply fantastic. The dream sequence and artful animation took me by surprise. 4 and a half stars!
August 26, 2010
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