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Black Orpheus (Orfeu Negro) Reviews

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.
Top Critic
November 15, 2013
It is an amazing creation.
November 15, 2013
This sort of thing was considered high art not so long ago; now it seems forced and ponderously symbolic.
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.
July 22, 2008
Pic is somewhat cerebral, being mainly helped by the fresh playing of the cast.
August 3, 2006
One of the great musicals.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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
April 13, 2006
A riotous, rapturous explosion of sound and color.
January 26, 2006
A mixed bag then, but the highlights are memorable.
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.