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Callas Forever Reviews

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Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
April 19, 2006
So appealing and ingratiating that it's hard not to be taken in by Zeffirelli's fantasy.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5

Film Threat
December 6, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5

Film Threat
June 7, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
May 22, 2005
In his Ode to his colleague, Zeffirelli reminds us all how fragile egos can be and the lengths artists (and their producers) will go to remain in the limelight.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Robert W. Butler
Kansas City Star
March 25, 2005
The film rises and falls on Ardant's performance and, boy, does she deliver, chewing up scenery and making it look like delicate surgery.
Larry Ratliff
San Antonio Express-News
March 25, 2005
It's an odd little film with tremendous appeal. It's almost as if Zeffirelli ... has dug up a late-'70s time capsule to share with the world.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Marc Mohan
March 4, 2005
Justifies its dismissal of factual truth in favor of a deeper sort.
February 4, 2005
Bravura performances by all. Fanny Ardant shines as the woman in desperate need of a spotlight.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Olin Chism
Dallas Morning News
February 3, 2005
For Callas fans, this is a winner. For others, it should at least be interesting.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
January 28, 2005
The film's portrait of the singer is indelible. The story as a whole, however, doesn't hold together, primarily because the imaginary characters and situations that surround her are so inadequately sketched.
| Original Score: 3/4
David Elliott
San Diego Union-Tribune
December 24, 2004
Achieves some briskly intimate entertainment on its odd terms.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Wade Major
Boxoffice Magazine
December 12, 2004
A thoroughly lovely film, for what it lacks in credibility it more than makes up for in authenticity and passion.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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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
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
Stephen Schaefer
Boston Herald
November 26, 2004
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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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
Jamie Russell
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
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
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
November 4, 2004
The result is not only one of Zeffirelli's sumptuous productions but also a film that celebrates the sacredness of artistic integrity that to Zeffirelli Callas embodied fully.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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