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Callas Forever Reviews

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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
December 9, 2004
The movie's fantasy plot doesn't tell us anything about the woman. And her appearance and voice were so distinctive that it's distracting to see her voice matched up with the wrong face.
Read More | Original Score: 1/4
November 22, 2004
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
February 20, 2005
Nothing more than Zeffirelli's wish-fulfillment, pretending to stage a production of 'Carmen' with Fanny Ardant acting as proxy for his late, great star.
Full Review | Original Score: C
December 12, 2004
The contact high from the performances is exhilarating, but there too many inconsistencies here to concentrate on the portrait Zeffirelli is attempting to paint.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
June 21, 2004
A breathtaking act of betrayal and hypocrisy, of self-aggrandizement and simple bad taste.
November 17, 2004
Badly crafted filmmaking with a curiously convivial side.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
November 4, 2004
A lip-synching hall of mirrors, it is essentially a piece of highbrow karaoke.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
November 28, 2004
On about five different levels, Callas Forever constitutes grave robbery.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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.
December 23, 2004
For all the devotion Zeffirelli professes to Callas' legacy, the script reduces her to a cartoon.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
December 24, 2004
A film that forgets to bring its central character to life.
Read More | Original Score: C
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.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
November 15, 2004
Fanny Ardant barely recalls the glory of the celebrated diva.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/5
January 3, 2005
Callas may be forever, but Franco Zeffirelli's fictionalized tribute is not.
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
April 18, 2005
Zeffirelli's 'Carmen' looks more PBS than MGM, and this relative poverty helps explain why this sincere but bloodless film has taken three years to limp into theaters.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
October 20, 2004
Zeffirelli hides behind the closet door of the film's gaudy Carmen scenes.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
November 2, 2004
Sadly, this camp drama, a eulogy by one of Callas's closest friends, pales in comparison to the four minutes of 'La Mamma Morta' in Philadelphia.
November 5, 2004
Campy and clichéd.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
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