Reviews

Jan 22, 2020
Tom HuIce's brattish Mozart builds in strength and sensitivity as the film proceeds; F. Murray Abraham's Salieri impresses immediately.
Jan 22, 2020
Amadeus isn't meant to be a biography of the composer's life, but a bawdy, black fantasy, a fiction based on a few curious facts. Peter Shaffer adapted the screenplay from his own stage play: What was intimate is now opulent.
Jan 22, 2020
A substantial achievement -- and graced by an uncommonly distinguished score.
Jan 22, 2020
What starts as an absorbing study of historical characters and situations ends as just another elaborate and over-long Hollywood style costume-piece.
Apr 26, 2018
The skill of Amadeus is in making you sympathize with Salieri, as slimy and despicable as he is, because of his flaws. He appeals to your sense of democracy, even though you know that talent -- certainly genius -- isn't parceled out democratically.
Mar 3, 2015
[Forman's] is a genuine adaptation, not only because the play is permitted to stretch its legs beyond the pop-up book confines of a proscenium arch, but because he has leavened its High Art pretensions with a dash of showbiz raciness.
Mar 3, 2015
Sheer craftsmanship is the film's key strength.
Feb 4, 2014
The performance of Abraham, who won the Best Actor Oscar for it, is monumental, and so is Forman's direction.
Feb 4, 2014
Forman's tormented, iconoclastic subjects are often pitted against iconic or impersonal antagonists, but Amadeus' conflict remains rivetingly intimate, in spite of its sumptuous, larger-than-life settings.
Feb 4, 2014
With Mozart's magical music swirling around them, Hulce and Abraham share a dual triumph in a film that stands as a provocative and prodigious achievement.
Feb 20, 2013
The subject of artistic creation is typically handled badly in the movies.... [Amadeus] treats the subject of creativity in a fresh way.
Feb 19, 2013
A grand movie entertainment.
Feb 19, 2008
On a production level and as an evocation of a time and place, Amadeus is loaded with pleasures.
Feb 5, 2007
[A] grandiose masterpiece.
Dec 17, 2006
Peter Shaffer's shrewdly orchestrated cultural evening gets a steady, dignified, moderately dull treatment from Milos Forman.
Jun 24, 2006
The entire cast speaks in horribly intrusive American accents, but Forman makes some perceptive connections between Mozart's life and work.
Jul 31, 2003
It is arguably the best motion picture ever made about the process of creation and the creator.
May 20, 2003
As Mozart, Tom Hulce, though extremely American in looks and voice, gets better and better as the drama progresses.
Jul 22, 2002
This 'special edition' of Amadeus proves that Abraham's Oscar triumph was no fluke.
Jul 20, 2002
Reminds us that movies can be lyrical as well as vulgar, ambitious as well as playful, brilliant as well as down and dirty -- just like Amadeus himself.