• 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

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
Ben Kenigsberg
Time Out
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Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 4/5

November 18, 2011
Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
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Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 4/5

November 17, 2011
Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
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May 27, 2009
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
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.

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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

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
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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It is all of a piece from beginning to end: The mood, the music, the remarkably fluid camera movement, the sets, the costumes.

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

October 23, 2004
Vincent Canby
New York Times
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Ophüls makes the story of Lola Montes (Martine Carol), the successful nineteenth-century courtesan (if only so-so Spanish fandango dancer), into a visually dazzling, ironic commentary on celebrity.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 4.5/5

May 20, 2003
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