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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.
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
December 11, 2005
The result is a testament to both [Powell and Pressburger's] creativity and the inherent limitations of trying to transform one medium into another.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Top Critic
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.

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
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
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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-
Top Critic
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
Cole Smithey
March 20, 2008
| Original Score: 5/5
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.
Top Critic
Variety Staff
July 6, 2010
A lush, resplendent production that's a treat to eye and ear.
Trevor Johnston
Little White Lies
February 26, 2015
A worthwhile component of Powell and Pressburger's inestimable legacy.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Top Critic
Geoff Andrew
Time Out
February 9, 2006
Sumptuous spectacle.
Jeremiah Kipp
Slant Magazine
November 26, 2005
Eye candy for aesthetes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
August 9, 2006
... a truly sumptuous opera--one of cinema's best efforts.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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.
Top Critic
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.
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal
September 10, 2004
| Original Score: 3/5
Keith H. Brown
Edinburgh U Film Society
July 24, 2001
An unusual, magical, cinematically brilliant movie that deserves to be seen.
Top Critic
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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