Scarlet Diva Reviews

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Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness
March 3, 2006
The cinematic equivalent of scabies ... and I mean that as a compliment.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Luke Y. Thompson
New Times
March 26, 2004
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
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
November 7, 2002
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 | Original Score: 3/4
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Manohla Dargis
Los Angeles Times
September 19, 2002
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 | Original Score: 3/5
Gregory Weinkauf
New Times
September 19, 2002
As home movie gone haywire, it's pretty enjoyable, but as sexual manifesto, I'd rather listen to old Tori Amos records.
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F.X. Feeney
L.A. Weekly
September 19, 2002
This is such a dazzlingly self-assured directorial debut that it's hard to know what to praise first.
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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
August 16, 2002
The film, while not exactly assured in its execution, is notable for its sheer audacity and openness.
Maitland McDonagh
TV Guide's Movie Guide
August 8, 2002
Beneath the film's obvious determination to shock at any cost lies considerable skill and determination, backed by sheer nerve.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
August 8, 2002
"Argento splatters her colorful life on the screen like an adolescent's diary, trusting others to sort through the fascinating mess."
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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
August 6, 2002
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.
Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine
August 5, 2002
Asia authors herself as Anna Battista, an Italian superstar and aspiring directress who just happens to be her own worst enemy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
June 25, 2005
| Original Score: 2/5
Christopher Null
Filmcritic.com
May 22, 2003
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Kim Morgan
Oregonian
January 17, 2003
Amid the shock and curiosity factors, the film is just a corny examination of a young actress trying to find her way.
Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle
October 20, 2002
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 | Original Score: 2.5/5
Brent Simon
Entertainment Today
September 23, 2002
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 | Original Score: D-
Bob Strauss
Los Angeles Daily News
September 20, 2002
As original and insightful as last week's episode of Behind the Music.
Frank Ochieng
Movie Eye
September 1, 2002
...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 | Original Score: 2/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
August 16, 2002
Scarlet Diva has a voyeuristic tug, but all in all it's a lot less sensational than it wants to be.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Megan Turner
New York Post
August 9, 2002
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
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David Rooney
Variety
October 18, 2008
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