• R, 2 hr. 2 min.
  • Drama, Romance
  • Directed By:
    Julie Taymor
    In Theaters:
    Oct 25, 2002 Wide
    On DVD:
    Jun 10, 2003
  • Miramax Films


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Frida Reviews

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Glenn Kenny
Premiere Magazine

With splendid supporting turns from the likes of Ashley Judd, Edward Norton, and Geoffrey Rush, and some terrific set pieces, Taymor brings Kahlo's art to life.

Full Review Source: Premiere Magazine | Original Score: 4/5

March 4, 2003
Jeffrey Chen
Window to the Movies

Less worrying about covering all the drama in Frida's life and more time spent exploring her process of turning pain into art would have made this a superior movie.

Full Review Source: Window to the Movies | Original Score: 6/10

February 23, 2003

While Frida is no masterpiece, it's nevertheless worth the price of admission to see Hayek master her craft.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 3/5

February 18, 2003
James Rocchi

Biography of famed painter Frida Kahlo has gorgeous visuals and a slightly hollow heart.

Full Review Source: Netflix | Original Score: 3/5

February 11, 2003
John R. McEwen
Film Quips Online

...Aptly honors one of the most interesting and tragic love stories in the history of art.

Full Review Source: Film Quips Online | Original Score: 5/5

February 8, 2003

La de Salma es una versión de Frida superficial, preciosista y sin ningún contenido.

Full Review Source: Moviola | Original Score: 2/4

January 27, 2003
Gregory Weinkauf
New Times

Through Taymor's telling of Kahlo's story, we emerge focusing not on pain, but on our vast and endlessly colorful potential. Brava.

Full Review Source: New Times

January 8, 2003
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

Frida would not exist without Hayek, and the sad irony is it would be so much better without her.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4

January 5, 2003
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile

A vibrantly coloured and at times richly creative bio-pic about the surrealist painter Frida Kahlo as much about her volatile relationship with her mentor and husband Diego Rivera as it is about her painting.

Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile

December 27, 2002

A biopic of an intense visual artist like Frida Kahlo could only be directed by a woman such as Julie Taymor, whose prior stage & screen work is so visual as to be iconic.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5

December 18, 2002
Jimmy O
Film Snobs

Almost ruined by the fact that Julie Taymor is more fascinated by Julie Taymor than by Frida Kahlo.

Full Review Source: Film Snobs | Original Score: 3/5

December 11, 2002
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

... its many grand artistic touches introduced throughout can't compensate for the libertine spirit that's missing in telling Frida's story.

Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: C

December 11, 2002
Nathaniel Rogers
Film Experience

Frida is a singular icon in art history. It's a pity that what we got was a film about her marriage and not her trailblazing life as an artist.

Full Review Source: Film Experience

December 9, 2002
Tim Merrill
Film Threat

Favors us with plenty of color, a feast of eye candy. As food for the soul, however... there are always her paintings.

Full Review Source: Film Threat | Original Score: 3/5

December 8, 2002
Mark Palermo
Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)

With the help of Hayek and Molina's multifaceted performances, Frida is as much about the nature of art as it is about the condition of the artist.

Full Review

December 3, 2002
Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
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Taymor's triumph is that her film, despite its distance from us in some ways, is pertinent and enthralling.

December 2, 2002
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

There are moments in this account of the life of artist Frida Kahlo that are among cinema's finest this year. Unfortunately, they're sandwiched in between the most impossibly dry account of Kahlo's life imaginable.

Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC) | Original Score: 4/5

November 30, 2002
Gabriel Shanks
Mixed Reviews

An enjoyable excursion...even if it lacks the je ne sais quoi that made Kahlo such an original.

Full Review Source: Mixed Reviews | Original Score: B

November 28, 2002
Ross Anthony
Hollywood Report Card

Nicely acted and painted with an energetic pace; "Frida" is mostly a love story with a backdrop of art and politics.

Full Review Source: Hollywood Report Card | Original Score: 2.5/4

November 26, 2002
Luis Martinez

Frida vive y pinta de colores la pantalla!

| Original Score: 8.5

November 26, 2002
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