• R, 2 hr. 5 min.
  • Drama, Romance
  • Directed By:
    James Ivory
    In Theaters:
    Sep 4, 1996 Wide
    On DVD:
    Mar 25, 1997
  • Warner Home Video

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Surviving Picasso Reviews

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Red L

Super Reviewer

July 16, 2007
Like a movie star, Picasso had many relationships. This movie is about one of those relationships in fact, between Picasso at 60 and a 20's year old Francoise. I cannot believe how dependant on Picasso the mistresses are, but there is hope in the heroine of the movie.
juliantoepfer
October 6, 2011
This movie isn't even about Picasso. It would have been nice to see Hopkins tackle an actual biopic, but this is a bastardized and misplaced attempt at an inaccurate romantic drama.

Instead of watching a movie about Picasso and his evolution as an artist, we instead follow the life story of a coat-tail riding girlfriend. It is boring, tedious, unbearably overlong, and just focuses on the most unnecessary and trivial things in an extremely interesting and inspirational life.

Surprisingly, the acting is a major flaw. Hopkins does not exude the ere of Picasso, who while confident and sometimes boisterous, was often introverted and very sensitive. McElhone is ok, but for some reason, she instead of Hopkins is counted on to carry the film, and her act wears pretty thin in a 2 hour plus movie.

The direction is wandering, aimless and focus-less, which given the plot, fits right in. (That was not a complement). The script is heavy, and bogs down the already questionable interplay between the actors. I did enjoy a few things, particularly the interplay between Picasso and his friend/rival Henri Matesse, which was one of the few accurate points in the story.

Above all the acting/script/direction problems is the story. I can overlook some of the above weaknesses if I'm given an entertaining plot. But this is dry, self-important, going nowhere dribble. There is little to no time spent on Picasso as far as his artistic development, genius or inspiration. There is little to no time spent on Picasso as an artist at all. Picasso the ARTIST is where a Picasso movie becomes worthwhile, not Picasso the womanizing douche.
May 3, 2007
A portrait of the painters inner sanctum. A cross-section on the artist's life. Good for art lovers!
systm13
August 22, 2006
Never been able to watch the entire thing as a whole, but the 80% of the movie i have seen is well done.
April 23, 2013
An ultimately dry film, James Ivory's biopic of Picasso's premiere mistress does have good performances, even if Hopkins never fully transforms into the legendary painter, some moments of humour, usually Picasso's comments & observations about others, and even some inventive flashback sequences that take on Picasso-esque aesthetics, but the script never really explores why these women are drawn to and stay with Picasso, despite his duplicitous nature, and furthermore, Picasso's art never gets much attention nor examination, missing a great opportunity for parallels and psychological exploration.
Julian T.
December 6, 2011
This movie isn't even about Picasso. It would have been nice to see Hopkins tackle an actual biopic, but this is a bastardized and misplaced attempt at an inaccurate romantic drama.

Instead of watching a movie about Picasso and his evolution as an artist, we instead follow the life story of a coat-tail riding girlfriend. It is boring, tedious, unbearably overlong, and just focuses on the most unnecessary and trivial things in an extremely interesting and inspirational life.

Surprisingly, the acting is a major flaw. Hopkins does not exude the ere of Picasso, who while confident and sometimes boisterous, was often introverted and very sensitive. McElhone is ok, but for some reason, she instead of Hopkins is counted on to carry the film, and her act wears pretty thin in a 2 hour plus movie.

The direction is wandering, aimless and focus-less, which given the plot, fits right in. (That was not a complement). The script is heavy, and bogs down the already questionable interplay between the actors. I did enjoy a few things, particularly the interplay between Picasso and his friend/rival Henri Matesse, which was one of the few accurate points in the story.

Above all the acting/script/direction problems is the story. I can overlook some of the above weaknesses if I'm given an entertaining plot. But this is dry, self-important, going nowhere dribble. There is little to no time spent on Picasso as far as his artistic development, genius or inspiration. There is little to no time spent on Picasso as an artist at all. Picasso the ARTIST is where a Picasso movie becomes worthwhile, not Picasso the womanizing douche.
whiterain
May 3, 2009
James Ivory


I liked to wacth it . Interesting story and good cast. Jack Nickholson playing
jennifer's picks & pa
April 12, 2007
[size=2]5-4-3-2-1.....just some bad 90's films.

[b]Spitfire Girl (1996) - 5.4/10
[/b]Director - Lee David Zlotoff
Starring - Alison Elliott, Ellen Burstyn, Marica Gay Harden, Will Patton, Kieran Mulroney, John M. Jackson.
A few distracting subplots detract from the fine performances.

[b]Surviving Picasso (1996) - 4.5/10
[/b]Director - James Ivory
Starring - Anthony Hopkins, Natascha McElhone, Julianne Moore, Jane Lapotaire, Joss Ackland, Joan Plowright.
Picasso deserved better.

[b]South Central (1992) - 3.3/10
[/b]Director - Steve Anderson
Starring - Glenn Plummer, Byron Minns, LaRita Shelby, Carl Lumbly, Christian Coleman, Vincent Craig Dupree.
The success of Do the Right Thing and Boyz in the Hood brought on more stories of the hood, almost all of which pale by comparison. Nothing but cookie cutter characters many of whom are laughably stereotyped.


[b]Stargate (1994) - 2.5/10[/b]
Director - Roland Emmerich
Starring - James Spader, Kurt Russell, Jaye Davidson.
Ha!


[b]The Specialist (1994) - 1.1/10
[/b]Director - Luis Llosa
Starring - Sylvester Stallone, Sharon Stone, Rod Steiger, Eric Roberts, James Woods.
Ha!

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kingofthecorn
October 20, 2006
Here's another film rating.
godard kar-wai
August 7, 2005
A poor movie about an excellent artist. Picasso deserved better than this.
Alfod
December 15, 2004
Best in Show: Natasha McElhone
One for the future: Julianne Moore
Stand-out scene: Leaving Picasso
Brainer or no-brainer: Brainer
Stands up to one viewing or repeated?: One
DVD commentary any good?: n/a

TV
What about a documentary on this entitled 'Surviving Surviving Picasso'??!! Based on the memoirs of Françoise Gilot, whom Picasso married when he was in his mid Sixties (she, her early twenties) suffers from the lack of co-operation from the Picasso family (they refused permission for any of his artworks to be shown). Made by the Merchant-Ivory team, this is a pedestrian examination of what appears to have been fairly incendiary material. Anthony Hopkins' Welsh burr is pretty much in situ limiting how convincing his portrayal of the Spanish Master can possibly be. In her movie debut, Natasha McElhone impresses as the art student inexplicably infatuated by the elderly misogynist (as the film progresses several of his previous conquests emerge from the woodwork). Some beautiful cinematography carries the film through up to a certain point but despite a barnstorming minor role from Julianne Moore, this flags and drags from almost the opening scene. As was the case with Jefferson in Paris, Mercant-Ivory have managed to turn what is potentially golden material into a damp squib. Shame.
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