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Amadeus Reviews

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Peter Bradshaw
February 5, 2007
[A] grandiose masterpiece.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Michael Dequina
January 13, 2007
Such a wonderful mix of sight and sound, of humor and drama, of love and hate, of ugliness and beauty.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight
December 27, 2006
Two amazing performances cap a stellar work of musical imagination and creative artistry.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Top Critic
Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
December 17, 2006
Peter Shaffer's shrewdly orchestrated cultural evening gets a steady, dignified, moderately dull treatment from Milos Forman.
Emanuel Levy
June 29, 2006
A smart, intelligent, and sumptuous entertainment, and for a change a Hollywood movie that captures the essence of genius and creativity, in this case Mozart's music and Salieri's sponsorship, without resorting to visual or verbal cliches.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Top Critic
Colin Shearman
Time Out
June 24, 2006
The entire cast speaks in horribly intrusive American accents, but Forman makes some perceptive connections between Mozart's life and work.
David Cornelius
March 1, 2005
Amadeus is a masterful combination of acting and storytelling, of sight and sound.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Jeffrey Overstreet
Looking Closer
January 15, 2005
Anyone who has ever struggled with mediocrity, desired to master a craft, or competed with another for a prize or for love (and I imagine that's just about everyone) will sympathize with the sufferings of the forgettable Salieri.
Read More | Original Score: A+
October 10, 2004
Director Milos Forman ... gives Tom Hulce free reign to portray the world's most sublime composer as a drunken, selfish fool giggling his way into the ears of Vienna.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
April 27, 2004
Not a bust, but less absorbing when all the Europeans talk Americanese.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Dan Jardine
Apollo Guide
September 1, 2003
A clever and majestic hybrid of art house fare and middle brow entertainment.
Read More | Original Score: 81/100
Michael Szymanski
August 3, 2003
A bit overdone and overblown, the movie could have easily had a half-hour cut out of it, and no one would have noticed.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Top Critic
James Berardinelli
July 31, 2003
It is arguably the best motion picture ever made about the process of creation and the creator.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)
June 19, 2003
Terrific entertainment
| Original Score: 5/5
Top Critic
Vincent Canby
New York Times
May 20, 2003
As Mozart, Tom Hulce, though extremely American in looks and voice, gets better and better as the drama progresses.
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium
March 28, 2003
More than a portrait of Mozart: a brilliant examination of the creative impulse and a subtle satire of man's limitations.
| Original Score: 5/5
Brent Simon
Entertainment Today
January 16, 2003
The 20 extra minutes in this cut add little to Milos Forman's sprawling biopic of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Brad Laidman
Film Threat
December 8, 2002
Hulce's goofy performance is pretty fun to watch in and of itself. He is out for sheer partying and joy like the hardest living Rock Star, a dandy fop with a silly laugh and an ego to match.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
October 26, 2002
Filled with hundreds of magic moments and dozens of striking scenes, the energetic, vibrant and entertaining Amadeus stands up to repeated viewings over many years.
Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan
October 21, 2002
A visual and aural treat.
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