• Unrated, 1 hr. 55 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Max Ophüls
    In Theaters:
    Dec 23, 1955 Wide
    On DVD:
    Feb 23, 1999
  • Rialto Pictures

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Lola Montès (The Fall of Lola Montes) (The Sins of Lola Montes) Reviews

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Richard Brody
New Yorker
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This exacting and sumptuous restoration of Max Ophüls's last film, from 1955, recovers not just the movie's look but also its meaning.

Full Review Source: New Yorker

February 10, 2014
Josh Larsen
LarsenOnFilm

"...lingers as a sensational fever dream."

Full Review Source: LarsenOnFilm | Original Score: 3.5/4

April 12, 2013
Christopher Long
Movie Metropolis

The net result is pure Ophuls, his signature recognizable in nearly every scene and, despite its very poor initial reception, one hell of a movie.

Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis | Original Score: 9/10

May 1, 2010
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk

as Lola, Martine Carol should compel our attention, but instead merely toys with it

Full Review Source: Q Network Film Desk | Original Score: 2.5/4

March 2, 2010
Sean Axmaker
Seanax.com

Ophuls... contrasts the outrageous sensationalism of her reputation... with offstage moments of tender candor and poignant, poetic flashbacks

Full Review Source: Seanax.com

February 17, 2010
John Anderson
Washington Post
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Watch Lola Montes and you may never watch a movie the same way again.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

November 21, 2008
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
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Lola Montes is mainly a triumph of vibrancy and metaphor. Nonetheless it's quite an experience.

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

November 10, 2008
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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Seen on a big screen, this is a movie to get drunk on.

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

October 31, 2008
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

With all due respect to film critic Andrew Sarris, Max Ophüls' legendary Lola Montès is not 'the greatest film ever made.'

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

October 30, 2008
Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
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Max Ophüls' 1955 masterpiece gets a superb restoration.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 4.5/5

October 10, 2008
Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
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In some odd way, the huge production scale and marvelous widescreen color scheme make Lola Montès seem more distant and artificial than Ophüls' smaller-scale black-and-white films.

Full Review Source: Salon.com

October 10, 2008
Variety Staff
Variety
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Some fetching period observation appears from time to time, but life is rarely breathed into this frilly opus.

Full Review Source: Variety

October 8, 2008
Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
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A baroque masterpiece by Max Ophuls, his last film (1955) and his only work in color and wide-screen.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

October 8, 2008
Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out New York
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Lola Montès could never be confused for realism in any format: home video, theater or iPod. But its effectiveness as a tragedy relies on Ophüls setting out a luxurious spread for his hapless heroine.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 4/6

October 8, 2008
Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
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I recommend Lola Montès wholeheartedly both for its sensuous delights and its ever exquisite artistry.

Full Review Source: New York Observer

October 8, 2008
Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

Ophüls' style co-stars, paralleling and reinforcing stage artificiality with tracking and crane and pan shots, fluidly tilting to emphasize romance as opposed to "reality."

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September 22, 2008
Fernando F. Croce
Slant Magazine

A bodice-ripper invested with the profundity of a Stendhal novel, Lola Montes is also, even more than La Ronde, Ophüls's definite commentary on movie-watching.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 4/4

September 20, 2008
Michael E. Grost
Classic Film and Television

One of the most beautiful films ever made.

Full Review Source: Classic Film and Television

August 8, 2008
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

The idea behind this biopic might be brilliant but I didn't see the film's magic onscreen.

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

July 13, 2008

Time Out
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Ophüls conjures that space into life -- indeed, makes it the very subject of his film -- by means of the most sumptuous stylistic effects imaginable.

Full Review Source: Time Out

February 9, 2006
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