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The Tales of Hoffmann Reviews

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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.
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
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.
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
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
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
March 13, 2015
A gorgeous (2015) digital restoration. A fun, wittily directed and technically impressive achievement.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
February 23, 2015
As a work of pure, imaginative cinema, it comes close to genius.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
March 20, 2008
| Original Score: 5/5
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.
July 6, 2010
A lush, resplendent production that's a treat to eye and ear.
February 26, 2015
A worthwhile component of Powell and Pressburger's inestimable legacy.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
February 9, 2006
Sumptuous spectacle.
November 26, 2005
Eye candy for aesthetes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
August 9, 2006
... a truly sumptuous opera--one of cinema's best efforts.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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.
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.
September 10, 2004
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
July 24, 2001
An unusual, magical, cinematically brilliant movie that deserves to be seen.
August 24, 2017
A pinnacle of Technicolor expressionism, The Tales of Hoffmann is one of history's strangest, most sumptuous somethings-you-don't-see-every-day.
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