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Frida Reviews

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Glenn Kenny
Premiere Magazine
March 4, 2003
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 | Original Score: 4/5
Jeffrey Chen
Window to the Movies
February 23, 2003
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 | Original Score: 6/10
February 18, 2003
While Frida is no masterpiece, it's nevertheless worth the price of admission to see Hayek master her craft.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
James Rocchi
Netflix
February 11, 2003
Biography of famed painter Frida Kahlo has gorgeous visuals and a slightly hollow heart.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
John R. McEwen
Film Quips Online
February 8, 2003
...Aptly honors one of the most interesting and tragic love stories in the history of art.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
January 27, 2003
La de Salma es una versión de Frida superficial, preciosista y sin ningún contenido.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Gregory Weinkauf
New Times
January 8, 2003
Through Taymor's telling of Kahlo's story, we emerge focusing not on pain, but on our vast and endlessly colorful potential. Brava.
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
January 5, 2003
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
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
December 27, 2002
A vibrantly coloured and at times richly creative bio-pic about the surrealist painter Frida Kahlo ...is as much about her volatile relationship with her mentor and husband Diego Rivera as it is about her painting.
December 18, 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
Jimmy O
Film Snobs
December 11, 2002
Almost ruined by the fact that Julie Taymor is more fascinated by Julie Taymor than by Frida Kahlo.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
December 11, 2002
... its many grand artistic touches introduced throughout can't compensate for the libertine spirit that's missing in telling Frida's story.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Nathaniel Rogers
Film Experience
December 9, 2002
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.
Tim Merrill
Film Threat
December 8, 2002
Favors us with plenty of color, a feast of eye candy. As food for the soul, however... there are always her paintings.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Mark Palermo
Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
December 3, 2002
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.
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Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
December 2, 2002
Taymor's triumph is that her film, despite its distance from us in some ways, is pertinent and enthralling.
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
November 30, 2002
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 | Original Score: 4/5
Gabriel Shanks
Mixed Reviews
November 28, 2002
An enjoyable excursion...even if it lacks the je ne sais quoi that made Kahlo such an original.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Ross Anthony
Hollywood Report Card
November 26, 2002
Nicely acted and painted with an energetic pace; "Frida" is mostly a love story with a backdrop of art and politics.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Luis Martinez
Cinenganos
November 26, 2002
Frida vive y pinta de colores la pantalla!
| Original Score: 8.5
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