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Black Orpheus (Orfeu Negro) Reviews

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Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena
April 27, 2009
O belo conceito de Vinícius e a magnífica música de Tom Jobim não conseguem salvar este filme que, apesar de esteticamente impecável (ou talvez por isso), confunde alegoria e caricatura.
| Original Score: 3/5
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.
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
August 24, 2010
its romanticized perspective makes it all seem in hindsight a bit shallow and facile
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
November 15, 2013
This sort of thing was considered high art not so long ago; now it seems forced and ponderously symbolic.
January 16, 2017
Black Orpheus is a film to be drunk and luxuriated in, a sensational and rewarding feast for the ears and eyes.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Christel Loar
PopMatters
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
Kate Muir
Times (UK)
December 23, 2016
In terms of sheer sun-kissed pulchritude, Black Orpheus was like nothing seen before when it exploded with its bossa nova soundtrack in 1959, winning the Palme d'Or at Cannes and the Oscar for foreign film.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
March 11, 2004
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
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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
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
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
Variety
July 22, 2008
Pic is somewhat cerebral, being mainly helped by the fresh playing of the cast.
Christopher Null
Filmcritic.com
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
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.
Sam Jordison
Film4
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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Trevor Johnston
Time Out
January 26, 2006
A mixed bag then, but the highlights are memorable.
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
Rob Blackwelder
SPLICEDWire
August 14, 2002
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
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...
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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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