Bel Canto Reviews

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April 28, 2019
Stinky is the only word to describe this earnest thriller in which a famous American opera singer learns life lessons (and gets jiggy) in a hostage crisis.
April 26, 2019
It's the world-famous soprano Renée Fleming, and Moore is lip-syncing. And the effect is horrific. It's like a drag act, but not. And it's the final nail in the coffin of sweet intention and witless execution.
April 25, 2019
It's overripe and improbable, but you'd need a flinty heart to resist the message of solidarity, that if you spend time with someone, anyone, you'll find common ground.
October 26, 2018
Watanabe and Moore acquit themselves well (although the latter's lip-syncing is questionable), but Bel Canto falls short of the operatic notes Weitz attempts to hit.
October 25, 2018
The climax, almost lyrical in its brutality, packs an emotional punch that will leave audiences breathless.
September 20, 2018
No one loves or dies without purpose in this searing and artful film.
June 7, 2019
bullet fire is a welcome relief
June 4, 2019
Fine performances lead the film, which has an original and engaging subject but falls short of catching the high emotional heights it seeks.
May 6, 2019
Bel canto literally translates to "beautiful singing", but there's nothing beautiful to be found in the titular film. A woefully written, poorly paced hostage thriller which struggles to hold its faltering note.
May 3, 2019
A hybrid of political thriller and earthy drama, this film's tone is so odd that it keeps the audience off balance, which makes it compulsively watchable.
April 29, 2019
From all the storylines that could develop, the film chooses to have terrorists and prisoners discover their common humanity and build a rapport. It's arbitrary and unconvincing.
April 29, 2019
Well acted but lacking substance.
April 28, 2019
The film struggles to translate the printed work's slowburn pace; on screen it becomes a dragging narrative that has difficulty holding viewers' attention.
April 28, 2019
Bel Canto pushes a hard message about cultural misconceptions and boasts a promising and diverse cast, but only really makes an impact in the first and final minutes.
April 28, 2019
There's a tepid, cross-cultural romantic comedy trapped inside this televisual hostage drama. The reliable Moore is trapped too.
April 26, 2019
The only hostage was me wanting to get out of the cinema.
April 26, 2019
This tonal misfire never hits the notes of drama and romance it aims for with its ickily problematic terrorist-hostage relationships. Facile and uncomfortably implausible, emotionally and practically.
April 26, 2019
I... spent most of the film chuckling in all the wrong places.
April 26, 2019
A film which promises a great deal and disappoints on just about every level.
April 25, 2019
In Bel Canto, the tension is barely there to start with.
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