• R, 1 hr. 29 min.
  • Drama, Comedy
  • Directed By:
    Asia Argento
    In Theaters:
    Jan 1, 2000 Wide
    On DVD:
    Nov 26, 2002
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Scarlet Diva Reviews

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Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness

The cinematic equivalent of scabies ... and I mean that as a compliment.

Full Review Source: Lessons of Darkness | Original Score: B

March 3, 2006
Luke Y. Thompson
New Times

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.

| Original Score: 5/5

March 26, 2004
Kim Morgan

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

Full Review Source: Oregonian

January 17, 2003
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

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.

Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid | Original Score: 3/4

November 7, 2002
Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle

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

Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle | Original Score: 2.5/5

October 20, 2002
Brent Simon
Entertainment Today

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.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Today | Original Score: D-

September 23, 2002
Bob Strauss
Los Angeles Daily News

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

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Daily News

September 20, 2002
Manohla Dargis
Los Angeles Times
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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.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 3/5

September 19, 2002
Gregory Weinkauf
New Times

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
F.X. Feeney
L.A. Weekly
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This is such a dazzlingly self-assured directorial debut that it's hard to know what to praise first.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

September 19, 2002
Frank Ochieng
Movie Eye

...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.

Full Review Source: Movie Eye | Original Score: 2/4

September 1, 2002
Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
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The film, while not exactly assured in its execution, is notable for its sheer audacity and openness.

August 16, 2002
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment 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.

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

August 16, 2002
Megan Turner
New York Post
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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.

| Original Score: 2.5/4

August 9, 2002
Maitland McDonagh
TV Guide's Movie Guide

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

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 3/5

August 8, 2002
Scott Tobias
AV Club
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"Argento splatters her colorful life on the screen like an adolescent's diary, trusting others to sort through the fascinating mess."

August 8, 2002
A.O. Scott
New York Times
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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.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 2/5

August 8, 2002
Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
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When twentysomething hotsies make movies about their lives, hard-driving narcissism is a given, but what a world we'd live in if Argento's Hollywood counterparts ... had this much imagination and nerve.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

August 6, 2002
Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine

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

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 3/4

August 5, 2002
Barbara Goslawski
Boxoffice Magazine

A pretentious mess.

Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine | Original Score: 1.5/5

March 8, 2002
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