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The Tales of Hoffmann Reviews

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MFB Critics
Monthly Film Bulletin
December 12, 2015
The obvious care and effort that have gone into Hoffmann, the sometimes memorably contrived passages of virtuosity in the first half, make one reluctant to insist on the collapse of the work as a whole.
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
April 23, 2015
Most if not all of these performers have since died; here, they live on.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
April 16, 2015
The film will never rank among my favorites in the careers of these filmmakers, but filmmaking legends as diverse as Cecil B. DeMille, Martin Scorsese and George A. Romero all adore it ...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Fr. Chris Carpenter
Movie Dearest
March 13, 2015
A gorgeous (2015) digital restoration. A fun, wittily directed and technically impressive achievement.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
March 12, 2015
"Hoffmann" is an immersive aesthetic experience best thought of as an art form all its own.
Mark Kermode
Observer (UK)
March 1, 2015
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Kate Muir
Times (UK)
February 27, 2015
It's a work of hysterical excess and flamboyant extravagance and it feels unlike pretty much anything else you will ever see in a cinema.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
David Parkinson
Radio Times
February 26, 2015
Only the slightly muddled structure detracts from what is otherwise an audacious cinematic experiment.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Peter Bradshaw
February 26, 2015
You might compare this to the 1948 Powell and Pressburger film The Red Shoes, though in many ways it is even more hallucinatory.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Trevor Johnston
Little White Lies
February 26, 2015
A worthwhile component of Powell and Pressburger's inestimable legacy.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Tom Huddleston
Time Out
February 23, 2015
As a work of pure, imaginative cinema, it comes close to genius.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Donna Bowman
AV Club
November 26, 2012
One of the most completely realized marriages of color, movement, and music in the medium's history.
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
November 26, 2012
Hard to take, despite the clear personal commitment of director Michael Powell and the enormous amount of talent on display in the photography, set design, and choreography.
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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
November 26, 2012
As intensely expressionistic as any film since Caligari, and at the same time a veritable nova of springtime Úlan, the movie inhabits a unique puppet-theater universe, and could seduce a eunuch.

TV Guide
November 26, 2012
While the dizzying array of design elements and magnificent vocal performances is impressive, 138 minutes is just too long to keep the interest of any but the pure opera devotee.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Emanuel Levy
October 21, 2012
Lavishly mounted with some of the same actors of The Red Shoes, this filmed operetta is more impressive in its production design (Oscar nominated) than emotional impact.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Variety Staff
July 6, 2010
A lush, resplendent production that's a treat to eye and ear.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
June 12, 2009
As with The Red Shoes, the Archers achieve a truly amazing fantasy world, almost like a cartoon in which anything is possible.
Sean Axmaker
Turner Classic Movies Online
January 1, 2009
For all the spectacle, it is more abstract than involving and the film never pumps with the blood of romantic passion that flows through so many Powell movies.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
August 9, 2006
... a truly sumptuous opera--one of cinema's best efforts.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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