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Callas Forever Reviews

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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
December 9, 2004
Although the film will hold little appeal for non-opera buffs, its warmth trumps its clichés, odd casting and overacting.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
David Noh
Film Journal International
December 8, 2004
[Zeffirelli] had a real chance to delve into the creative process of a genius here, but has only managed to come up with the kind of bottom-feeding, lowbrow tabloid fodder that any opera-phobic hack might produce.
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
December 1, 2004
Zeffirelli does not try to change history; he just gives his imagined version of it. And, he does it with care and devotion to Maria Callas.
Full Review | Original Score: B
William Arnold
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
November 29, 2004
Fairly forgettable but Ardant blends into the sad character so completely that we lose all sense of an actress playing a role.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
November 29, 2004
A tribute to an artist that never approaches art.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Philip Kennicott
Washington Post
November 29, 2004
Goes far deeper into one man's opera-diva fetish than most people will want to follow.
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
November 29, 2004
It's a small-scale premise for a movie and, given its wooden, dubbed dialogue (a supreme irony), it's an experience purely for Callas fans.
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
November 28, 2004
On about five different levels, Callas Forever constitutes grave robbery.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
November 26, 2004
Most of the budget seems to have gone to the moments of Carmen that we see; they look sumptuous and robust, and the surrounding film looks, well, like a low-budget art movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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John von Rhein
Chicago Tribune
November 26, 2004
By aspiring no higher than campy adulation, it ill serves the memory of the most storied opera diva of the last century.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
November 24, 2004
Though campy at times, Callas Forever is a generous offering, full of flamboyant characters and grand performances.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
November 21, 2004
The Carmen sequences, though consistent with Callas Forever's washed-out '70s look, have a beauty and immediacy which the rest of the film lacks.
| Original Score: 2/4
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews
November 17, 2004
The worst picture of the year ... If there had been rotten tomatoes in our theater, I am certain the screen would have been blood red by the end.
Full Review | Original Score: .5/4
Jeanne Aufmuth
Palo Alto Weekly
November 17, 2004
Badly crafted filmmaking with a curiously convivial side.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jamie Russell
BBC.com
November 16, 2004
An enjoyably risible biopic about the final days of the opera singer that's full of foot-stamping tantrums and high-pitched hissy fits.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Phil Hall
Film Threat
November 15, 2004
Fanny Ardant barely recalls the glory of the celebrated diva.
| Original Score: 1.5/5
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Enrique Fernandez
Miami Herald
November 12, 2004
Melodramatic realism is the wrong genre to tell the tale of a figure whose life was already over-the-top melodramatic.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Lawrence A. Johnson
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
November 11, 2004
What makes Callas Forever worth watching is the performance of Fanny Ardant as the tragic diva.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
November 5, 2004
Zeffirelli's slight 'what if...?' tale reduces the diva to a petulant drama queen d'un certain age throwing herself a world-class pity party, hardly an introduction likely to convert unbelievers to the cult of Callas.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
November 5, 2004
Campy and clichéd.
| Original Score: 2/4
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