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Scarlet Diva

Scarlet Diva (2000)

tomatometer

57

Average Rating: 6.2/10
Critic Reviews: 7
Fresh: 4 | Rotten: 3

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audience

54

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Average Rating: 3.1/5
User Ratings: 2,818

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Movie Info

Shot on digital video, this no-holds-barred, semi-autobiographical film from Italian actress/model Asia Argento presents the bleak decent of a popular actress into a haze of drugs and overindulgence. Anna Battista (Argento) has seemingly everything anyone could ever want, yet sometimes everything is never enough. Fed up with going through the motions as an actor, Battista aspires to seek a career as a director so that she may truly explore her currently latent artistic talent. The queen of

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Comedy, Drama

Asia Argento

Nov 26, 2002

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It's a demented kitsch mess (although the smeary digital video does match the muddled narrative), but it's savvy about celebrity and has more guts and energy than much of what will open this year.

September 19, 2002 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times
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This is such a dazzlingly self-assured directorial debut that it's hard to know what to praise first.

September 19, 2002 Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly
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Scarlet Diva has a voyeuristic tug, but all in all it's a lot less sensational than it wants to be.

August 16, 2002 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
Entertainment Weekly
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The film, while not exactly assured in its execution, is notable for its sheer audacity and openness.

August 16, 2002
Hollywood Reporter
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This is an egotistical endeavor from the daughter of horror director Dario Argento (a producer here), but her raw performance and utter fearlessness make it strangely magnetic.

August 9, 2002
New York Post
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It is, by conventional standards, a fairly terrible movie ... but it is also weirdly fascinating, a ready-made Eurotrash cult object. It is also, at times, curiously moving.

August 8, 2002 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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The cinematic equivalent of scabies ... and I mean that as a compliment.

March 3, 2006 Full Review Source: Lessons of Darkness
Lessons of Darkness

Everyone I know who owns a camcorder has made a self-confessional, semi-autobiographical piece of videotaped wankery, but Asia Argento does it better than all of them.

March 26, 2004
New Times

Amid the shock and curiosity factors, the film is just a corny examination of a young actress trying to find her way.

January 17, 2003 Full Review Source: Oregonian
Oregonian

Argento, at only 26, brings a youthful, out-to-change-the-world aggressiveness to the project, as if she's cut open a vein and bled the raw film stock.

November 7, 2002 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

It's difficult to discern if this is a crazy work of disturbed genius or merely 90 minutes of post-adolescent Electra rebellion.

October 20, 2002 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

A clutchy, indulgent and pretentious travelogue and diatribe against... well, just stuff. Watching Scarlet Diva, one is poised for titillation, raw insight or both. Instead, we just get messy anger, a movie as personal therapy.

September 23, 2002 Full Review Source: Entertainment Today
Entertainment Today

As original and insightful as last week's episode of Behind the Music.

September 20, 2002 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Daily News
Los Angeles Daily News

As home movie gone haywire, it's pretty enjoyable, but as sexual manifesto, I'd rather listen to old Tori Amos records.

September 19, 2002
New Times

...may work as an addictive guilty pleasure but the material never overcomes its questionable satirical ambivalence. This Scarlet's letter is A...as in aimless, arduous, and arbitrary.

September 1, 2002 Full Review Source: Movie Eye
Movie Eye

Beneath the film's obvious determination to shock at any cost lies considerable skill and determination, backed by sheer nerve.

August 8, 2002 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

"Argento splatters her colorful life on the screen like an adolescent's diary, trusting others to sort through the fascinating mess."

August 8, 2002
AV Club

Asia authors herself as Anna Battista, an Italian superstar and aspiring directress who just happens to be her own worst enemy.

August 5, 2002 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

A pretentious mess.

March 8, 2002 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

Audience Reviews for Scarlet Diva

Fascinating, disturbing, confused. Shows the ugly side of fame - the alienation, betrayal and effects of drug abuse. This film is certainly not glamourous or particularly titilating as might be expected.
August 30, 2008
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Really strange semi-autobiographical darkly dramatic in what sexy Asia Argento stars, directs and writes this weird film. But Asia looks bloody hot in her naked and sex scenes. Whoo!
November 11, 2007
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Dean McKenna

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Asia Argento makes my teeth sweat but this one wasn't doing too much for me.
December 5, 2006
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