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Callas Forever Reviews

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Time Out
June 24, 2006
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AV Club
September 26, 2005
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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
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Tom Long
Detroit News
December 24, 2004
A film that forgets to bring its central character to life.
| Original Score: C
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
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
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Denver Rocky Mountain News
December 17, 2004
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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
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Philadelphia Inquirer
December 4, 2004
| Original Score: 2/4
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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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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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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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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
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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
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
November 5, 2004
Campy and clichéd.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Jami Bernard
New York Daily News
November 5, 2004
This fictional 'what if' scenario is a bit campy and stagey, like a session of Opera 101.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
November 4, 2004
A lip-synching hall of mirrors, it is essentially a piece of highbrow karaoke.
| Original Score: 2/5
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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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Rex Reed
New York Observer
November 4, 2004
You will go away devastated and raving about the great French actress Fanny Ardant as Callas. It's a titanic performance that redefines the term 'tour de force.'
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Deborah Young
Variety
November 4, 2004
Upscale auds will enjoy the film's affectionate portrait of the diva, coupled with a selection of her great recordings and Zeffirelli's dazzling, fictional stagings of Carmen.
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Chuck Wilson
L.A. Weekly
November 4, 2004
Ardant ... gives in this film the performance of her life.
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David Blaylock
Village Voice
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.
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Ted Shen
Chicago Reader
July 3, 2004
Despite a faintly campy script by Martin Sherman, Zeffirelli captures the artistic imperative that drives both characters -- and deepens their loneliness.