Black Orpheus (Orfeu Negro) - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Black Orpheus (Orfeu Negro) Reviews

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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
April 14, 2006
Even when the streamers, confetti, and brass bands aren't there, you can see and hear them.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
April 13, 2006
A riotous, rapturous explosion of sound and color.
David Parkinson
Empire Magazine
April 1, 2006
What gives the film its mesmerising atmosphere is cinematographer Jean Bourgoin's discrete contrasts between the vibrancy of the daylight revels and the looming malevolence of the nocturnal sequences.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Trevor Johnston
Time Out
January 26, 2006
A mixed bag then, but the highlights are memorable.
Tom Dawson
October 25, 2005
The Technicolour film's strongest suit remains the way it captures the jubilant celebrations in the city, and the dance sequences which showcase the samba skills of the leads.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Emanuel Levy
December 18, 2004
Vivid and colorful, this prize-winning arthouse hit, a tragic love story set against the carnival, served as a seductive introduction to Latin American culture and music.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks
January 23, 2004
A surface pleasure, mostly, but what a surface! Exquisitely colorful and wonderfully rhythmic.
| Original Score: 4/5
Sam Jordison
May 24, 2003
Deserves to be enjoyed by a wider audience than it's had in recent years. Black Orpheus is all surface and glorious for it.
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Bosley Crowther
New York Times
May 20, 2003
Swarms of sinuous girls and children shimmy and race to the samba beat, which is insistent through most of the footage. That's what makes the picture alive.
Philip French
Observer (UK)
July 18, 2002
It's a colourful movie, transposing the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice to the Rio de Janeiro carnival, but the story has little resonance and with very little reworking could as easily have been a Brazilian version of Carmen.
Christopher Null
June 5, 2001
This probably isn't the way you remembered the tale -- set amidst sweaty dancers at Carnaval -- but it's certainly, well, different.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
March 11, 2004
| Original Score: 4/5
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal
August 22, 2003
| Original Score: 5/5
Rob Blackwelder
August 14, 2002
| Original Score: 5/5
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