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Death in Venice Reviews

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April 12, 2012
Even critics who didn't like Visconti's version of Mann's novella praised Dirk Bogarde in the lead and the film's production values, especially costume design, which was Oscar nominated.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
March 23, 2012
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
September 22, 2008
Can never get to the literary heart of the novel without stumbling along on a curiously suffocating course.
Full Review | Original Score: B
January 10, 2008
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
October 10, 2005
| Original Score: 4/5
July 19, 2005
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
July 21, 2004
A sumptuous visual feast, a well-told tale of a tortured artist's sturm und drung.
Read More | Original Score: 80/100
June 23, 2004
Visconti's self-conscious and self-reflexive artistry can be off-putting, but with Death in Venice, he's crafted a sumptuous feast for the senses.
Full Review | Original Score: 80/100
July 30, 2003
Despite the omissions from Mann's text, dependence on flashbacks, and overwrought arguments about art and music between Aschenbach and a colleague, it remains a film of great beauty.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
July 26, 2003
| Original Score: 5/5
February 11, 2003
Not even the classical soundtrack can turn this ponderous portrait of one man's obsession into the cinematic classic it has so often been mistaken for.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
February 2, 2003
Gorgeous, sumptuous, and slow as an arthritic turtle.
| Original Score: 3/5
January 23, 2003
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
October 23, 2004
Visconti's mastery of visual style almost succeeds in creating the very ideas and feelings that his heavy-handed narrative entirely misses.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
March 2, 2004
Almost absurdly soporific
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
January 31, 2004
Bogarde plays Gustav with a hamfist, practically drooling over the kid he's stalking
| Original Score: 2.5/5
May 20, 2003
Instead of bringing the story to life, Visconti has, I'm afraid, embalmed it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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