Frida

Frida

76%
  • 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

Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
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July 7, 2012
David Ansen
Newsweek
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November 1, 2007

Time Out
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January 26, 2006
Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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May 19, 2004
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
Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
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Ms. Taymor gets magnificent performances from Ms. Hayek as Frida and Alfred Molina as the oversexed Diego Rivera.

Full Review Source: New York Observer

November 22, 2002
David Edelstein
NPR's Fresh Air
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November 16, 2002
Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
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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.

Full Review Source: Miami Herald | Original Score: 3/4

November 8, 2002
Susan Stark
Detroit News
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Passionate, provocative, hilarious, tragic and just dizzyingly beautiful to behold.

Full Review Source: Detroit News | Original Score: 4/4

November 8, 2002
Steven Rosen
Denver Post
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[The screenplay's] flatness ultimately defeats a film that's always a treat to look at.

Full Review Source: Denver Post | Original Score: 2.5/4

November 8, 2002
Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
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No matter what happens to Hayek from this point on, she leaves us Frida.

Full Review Source: Detroit Free Press | Original Score: 3/4

November 8, 2002
Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
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At its best, this is grand-scale moviemaking for a larger-than-life figure, an artist who has been awarded mythic status in contemporary culture.

| Original Score: B+

November 8, 2002
Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
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Taymor, the creative mind behind Broadway's The Lion King, fills Frida with brilliant, surreal flourishes...a rich, funny and sometimes erotic film about an inspiring and influential figure in 20th-century art.

November 8, 2002
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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A few sublime and moving moments interrupting an otherwise pedestrian movie biography.

| Original Score: 3/5

November 7, 2002
Rex Reed
New York Observer
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The greatest movie about an artist since Vincente Minnelli grafted the psychological turmoil of Vincent Van Gogh onto the screen in Lust for Life.

Full Review Source: New York Observer

November 6, 2002
Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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[Hayek] doesn't just act Frida, she inhabits her.

Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution | Original Score: A-

November 2, 2002

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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November 2, 2002
Desson Thomson
Washington Post
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The movie is amazingly flat for a film about Kahlo.

November 1, 2002
Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
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Endlessly interesting.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

November 1, 2002
Peter Howell
Toronto Star
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The movie should more properly have been called Frida And Diego, but there's no denying Hayek's incendiary performance, which Taymor fires up with surrealistic flourishes straight out of Kahlo's dreams and nightmares.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 3/5

November 1, 2002
Edward Guthmann
San Francisco Chronicle
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A domestic melodrama with weak dialogue and biopic cliches.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 2/4

November 1, 2002
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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It's enough to make you scurry off to find a book about Frida Kahlo -- which is, perhaps, the ultimate compliment for a film biography.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 3/4

November 1, 2002
Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
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As a kind of colorful, dramatized PBS program, Frida gets the job done. But, for that, why not watch a documentary?

Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle | Original Score: B-

November 1, 2002
Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
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A biopic of an artist that actually looks artistic.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 3/4

November 1, 2002
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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Sometimes we feel as if the film careens from one colorful event to another without respite, but sometimes it must have seemed to Frida Kahlo as if her life did, too.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3.5/4

November 1, 2002
Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
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Frida is intended to spread the word that Kahlo, a surrealist of surpassing self-investigation, was a firebrand and a legend. So why tell her story like a runny soap opera?

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 2.5/4

November 1, 2002
Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
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Taymor's movie version of Kahlo's life, Frida, makes the artist seem more like a human being and less like a craft-fair novelty than she has in years.

Full Review Source: Salon.com

October 31, 2002
Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
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Like the artists it celebrates, Frida is audacious and haunting.

Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News | Original Score: A-

October 31, 2002
Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
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A dynamic portrait of an artist by an artist, one as wry, audacious and erotically charged as its flamboyant subject.

| Original Score: 3.5/4

October 31, 2002
Glenn Lovell
San Jose Mercury News
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Compelling, adult, sexy and fiercely stylized.

Full Review Source: San Jose Mercury News | Original Score: 4/4

October 31, 2002
Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
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A movie that seizes you up, catches fire and dances.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 3.5/4

October 31, 2002
Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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Frida is a film that celebrates but never sugarcoats the hard but exciting life of a brave artist.

Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper

October 29, 2002
Claudia Puig
USA Today
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This is undoubtedly the strongest performance of [Hayek's] career, and her passion for the project is palpable.

Full Review Source: USA Today | Original Score: 2.5/4

October 25, 2002
Jonathan Foreman
New York Post
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Brilliantly captures the brightness of the light, the intensity of the colors and the omnipresence of Mexican motifs that informed Kahlo's art.

| Original Score: 3.5/4

October 25, 2002
John Anderson
Newsday
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Frida is certainly no disaster, but neither is it the Kahlo movie Frida fans have been looking for.

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

October 24, 2002
A.O. Scott
New York Times
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The further it strays from sober naturalism, the better Frida is.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 3/5

October 24, 2002
Manohla Dargis
Los Angeles Times
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Meticulously mounted, exasperatingly well-behaved film, which ticks off Kahlo's lifetime milestones with the dutiful precision of a tax accountant.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 2/5

October 24, 2002
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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Hamstrung by a script that seems determined to stop at all the big moments in Frida's life without giving anything time to resonate.

| Original Score: 2/4

October 24, 2002
Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
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There's something oddly moving about the film purely as a love story between two people who were more alike than was good for them, yet somehow stuck it out.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

October 24, 2002
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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A revolutionary life has rarely felt less edgy, or the biography of an iconoclast more bourgeois.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: C+

October 24, 2002
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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It's just disappointingly superficial -- a movie that has all the elements necessary to be a fascinating, involving character study, but never does more than scratch the surface.

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

October 23, 2002
J. Hoberman
Village Voice
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The impressionist model might have served Taymor better than her Frida's straightforward script, which is ultimately overwhelmed with incident and suggests the labor of many hands.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

October 22, 2002
Deborah Young
Variety
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Bringing a fiery warmth and accessibility to the central role, [Hayek] proves a good match for the artist as she depicts Kahlo's indomitable will to live, love and paint.

Full Review Source: Variety

August 30, 2002
Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
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The film somehow misses the mark, having made rather tidy a messy and brutally painful life.

August 30, 2002
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