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Frida Reviews

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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
July 7, 2012
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David Ansen
Newsweek
November 1, 2007
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Time Out
January 26, 2006
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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
May 19, 2004
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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.
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
November 22, 2002
Ms. Taymor gets magnificent performances from Ms. Hayek as Frida and Alfred Molina as the oversexed Diego Rivera.
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David Edelstein
NPR's Fresh Air
November 16, 2002
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
November 8, 2002
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 | Original Score: 3/4
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Susan Stark
Detroit News
November 8, 2002
Passionate, provocative, hilarious, tragic and just dizzyingly beautiful to behold.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Steven Rosen
Denver Post
November 8, 2002
[The screenplay's] flatness ultimately defeats a film that's always a treat to look at.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
November 8, 2002
No matter what happens to Hayek from this point on, she leaves us Frida.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
November 8, 2002
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+
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
November 8, 2002
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.
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
November 7, 2002
A few sublime and moving moments interrupting an otherwise pedestrian movie biography.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
November 6, 2002
The greatest movie about an artist since Vincente Minnelli grafted the psychological turmoil of Vincent Van Gogh onto the screen in Lust for Life.
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
November 2, 2002
[Hayek] doesn't just act Frida, she inhabits her.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
November 2, 2002
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
November 1, 2002
The movie is amazingly flat for a film about Kahlo.
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
November 1, 2002
Endlessly interesting.
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
November 1, 2002
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 | Original Score: 3/5
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Edward Guthmann
San Francisco Chronicle
November 1, 2002
A domestic melodrama with weak dialogue and biopic cliches.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
November 1, 2002
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 | Original Score: 3/4
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Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
November 1, 2002
As a kind of colorful, dramatized PBS program, Frida gets the job done. But, for that, why not watch a documentary?
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
November 1, 2002
A biopic of an artist that actually looks artistic.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
November 1, 2002
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 | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
November 1, 2002
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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
October 31, 2002
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.
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Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
October 31, 2002
Like the artists it celebrates, Frida is audacious and haunting.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
October 31, 2002
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
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Glenn Lovell
San Jose Mercury News
October 31, 2002
Compelling, adult, sexy and fiercely stylized.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
October 31, 2002
A movie that seizes you up, catches fire and dances.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
October 29, 2002
Frida is a film that celebrates but never sugarcoats the hard but exciting life of a brave artist.
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
October 25, 2002
This is undoubtedly the strongest performance of [Hayek's] career, and her passion for the project is palpable.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Jonathan Foreman
New York Post
October 25, 2002
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
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John Anderson
Newsday
October 24, 2002
Frida is certainly no disaster, but neither is it the Kahlo movie Frida fans have been looking for.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
October 24, 2002
The further it strays from sober naturalism, the better Frida is.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Manohla Dargis
Los Angeles Times
October 24, 2002
Meticulously mounted, exasperatingly well-behaved film, which ticks off Kahlo's lifetime milestones with the dutiful precision of a tax accountant.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
October 24, 2002
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
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
October 24, 2002
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.
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
October 24, 2002
A revolutionary life has rarely felt less edgy, or the biography of an iconoclast more bourgeois.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
October 23, 2002
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 | Original Score: 2/4
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
October 22, 2002
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.
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Deborah Young
Variety
August 30, 2002
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.
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
August 30, 2002
The film somehow misses the mark, having made rather tidy a messy and brutally painful life.