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Black Orpheus (Orfeu Negro) Reviews

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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
November 15, 2013
An almost irrationally infectious retelling of the Orpheus-Eurydice chestnut set during carnival and feverish with hip-swiveling hustle, exploding local color, and sleeve-worn heart.
Peter Bradshaw
November 15, 2013
An inspired reinvention of the underworld.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Anthony Quinn
Independent (UK)
November 15, 2013
It's the music, ecstatic, delirious, overwhelming, that is the star of the show: the bossa nova has never had a setting like this.
Christel Loar
November 15, 2013
There's no question that the tale is timeless no matter where or when the story is set, and you cannot deny that the spectacular cinematography makes Black Orpheus a thrill to see, but it's the score that really makes the movie resonate.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10

TV Guide
November 15, 2013
From the opening shot, in which two Brazilian musicians literally burst through the frame, one can sense the explosiveness of Black Orpheus.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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TIME Magazine
November 15, 2013
It is an amazing creation.

Total Film
November 15, 2013
For a film haunted by death, this 1959 reissue is a joyful and exuberant affair which unfolds in a swirl of colour and movement.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
October 23, 2010
[The film has] swirling color, the excitement of samba and the accessible joy of a fabled city, not to mention a charming Orpheus in the young Brazilian Breno Mello, and a dazzling Eurydice in the American-born dancer and actress Marpessa Dawn.
Christopher Long
Movie Metropolis
August 27, 2010
The samba and bossa nova beats arent just score; they comprise the very environment of the film, as fundamental a force as the wind or the sun
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Sean Axmaker
Parallax View
August 17, 2010
The vibrant color of the costumes and settings and the energetic beat of the music and dance creates an intoxicating atmosphere...
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
July 31, 2010
Seductive blend of mythology and travelogue...there's still sensual pleasure in the urban scenery, colorful visions, and music and dance, most of it defined by joyful abandon. [Blu-ray]
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Cole Smithey
April 12, 2009
Infectious Samba and Bossa Nova rhythms permeate the beautifully filmed earthy Brazilian atmosphere of Carnival. "Black Orpheus" is an unforgettable classic of cinematic poetry, music, and myth.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
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Variety Staff
July 22, 2008
Pic is somewhat cerebral, being mainly helped by the fresh playing of the cast.
Dan Schneider
March 12, 2007
Despite that, Black Orpheus, while not being a cinematic full meal nevertheless is a sweet piece of candy, and thus has to be judged more on its entertainment value than its artistic value; mindful that, unlike the Orphic films of Cocteau, it, at least su
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
August 3, 2006
One of the great musicals.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Phil Hall
Film Threat
July 12, 2006
Dated, to put it mildly. But still colorful, with charming lead performances and that wonderful score.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
July 3, 2006
Dated in its sentimentality but timeless in splendor.
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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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