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Death in Venice Reviews

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Emanuel Levy
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+
Jennie Kermode
Eye for Film
March 23, 2012
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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
John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews
January 10, 2008
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
Cole Smithey
October 10, 2005
| Original Score: 4/5
Emanuel Levy
July 19, 2005
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
Dan Jardine
Apollo Guide
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
Dan Jardine
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

TV Guide
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
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals
July 26, 2003
| Original Score: 5/5
Jamie Russell
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
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
February 2, 2003
Gorgeous, sumptuous, and slow as an arthritic turtle.
| Original Score: 3/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
January 23, 2003
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
Top Critic
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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
Bill Chambers
Film Freak Central
March 2, 2004
Almost absurdly soporific
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Christopher Null
January 31, 2004
Bogarde plays Gustav with a hamfist, practically drooling over the kid he's stalking
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Top Critic
Vincent Canby
New York Times
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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