Bel Canto Reviews

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.
September 19, 2018
The film empathetically shows its characters' humanity and the unlikely relationships that develop between captor and captive, as political, linguistic and socioeconomic barriers break down amid their close quarters and shared awe for the music.
September 17, 2018
Though Moore and Watanabe are the main focus, Bel Canto delivers the emotional payoff of a well-developed ensemble film.
September 17, 2018
Moore, like an upmarket version of Lina Lamont, in "Singin' in the Rain," lip-synchs convincingly to the sound of Renée Fleming. But not quite convincingly enough.
September 14, 2018
It's a sturdy, moving piece.
September 14, 2018
What makes every iteration of Bel Canto such a richly rewarding journey is the gradual evolution of its characters, who begin to form a makeshift family as the outside world grows more distant with every passing hour.
September 14, 2018
The film's failure to modulate its tone, its intensity and its messaging makes it a dreary, one-note production. Worse yet, it's flat.
September 13, 2018
A movie that, for all its operatic allusions and actorly expertise, feels dismayingly passionless.
Top Critic
September 13, 2018
A Europudding of American provenance, essentially.
September 13, 2018
A moving meditation on the power of love, music and proximity.
September 11, 2018
Weitz is mostly known for lighter, more observational stories like About a Boy and Mozart in the Jungle, and the strongest moments in Bel Canto are the small ones.
September 11, 2018
The film benefits from the fine cast and from many sharp and poignant moments. It's an impressive achievement technically as well.