Frida

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Frida is a passionate, visually striking biopic about the larger-than-life artist.

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After being attached to a number of actors, directors, and producers, this long-gestating biography of one of Mexico's most prominent, iconoclastic painters reaches the screen under the guiding hand of producer/star Salma Hayek. Hayek ages some 30 years onscreen as she charts Frida Kahlo's life from feisty schoolgirl to Diego Rivera protégée to world-renowned artist in her own right. Frida details Kahlo's affluent upbringing in Mexico City, and her nurturing relationship with her traditional mother (Patricia Reyes Spindola) and philosophical father (Roger Rees). Having already suffered the crippling effects of polio, Kahlo sustains further injuries when a city bus accident nearly ends her life. But in her bed-ridden state, the young artist produces dozens upon dozens of pieces; when she recovers, she presents them to the legendary -- and legendarily temperamental -- Rivera (Alfred Molina), who takes her under his wing as an artist, a political revolutionary, and, inevitably, a lover. But their relationship is fraught with trouble, as the philandering Rivera traverses the globe painting murals, and Kahlo languishes in obscurity, longing to make her mark on her own. Frida was directed by Julie Taymor, whose Broadway production of The Lion King won her international acclaim. ~ Michael Hastings, Rovi

Cast

Salma Hayek
as Frida Kahlo
Alfred Molina
as Diego Rivera
Geoffrey Rush
as Leon Trotsky
Mia Maestro
as Cristina Kahlo
Ashley Judd
as Tina Modotti
Antonio Banderas
as David Alfaro Siqueiros
Edward Norton
as Nelson Rockefeller
Valeria Golino
as Lupe Marin
Roger Rees
as Guillermo Kahlo
Diego Luna
as Alejandro Gomez
Margarita Sanz
as Natalia Trotsky
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Critic Reviews for Frida

All Critics (157) | Top Critics (42) | Fresh (118) | Rotten (39)

  • Smart, willful, and perverse, this Frida is nobody's servant, and the tiny Hayek plays her with head held high. You may want to laugh now and then, but you won't look away.

    Jan 7, 2020 | Full Review…

    David Denby

    New Yorker
    Top Critic
  • Salma Hayek finally ushered her dream project into production, but her impassioned lead performance lacks the necessary gravitas for the role, mistaking empty energy for wild fits of inspiration.

    Jan 7, 2020 | Full Review…

    Scott Tobias

    AV Club
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  • The plodding, glumly literal screenplay holds this otherwise expressive biopic back, but it's still a colourful and entertaining watch.

    Jan 6, 2020 | Rating: B | Full Review…

    Julie Taymor

    Guardian
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  • It wasn't a bad idea to conceive of the film as an epic, complex love story between Frida and Rivera, but the passion between them is more rhetorical than palpable...Taymor and Hayak give us only the rough sketch of a wild soul.

    Nov 1, 2007 | Full Review…

    David Ansen

    Newsweek
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  • While Frida is no masterpiece, it's nevertheless worth the price of admission to see Hayek master her craft.

    Feb 18, 2003 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Taymor's triumph is that her film, despite its distance from us in some ways, is pertinent and enthralling.

    Dec 2, 2002

Audience Reviews for Frida

  • Oct 15, 2019
    If not for Hayek's performance and Taymor's interesting forays into Kahlo's mind, this would be a pretty forgettable biopic.
    Alec B Super Reviewer
  • Nov 05, 2011
    This is a stunning biopic about painter Frida Kahlo. The screenplay seems a bit all over the place, but so was Kahlo's life. Impressive performance by Salma Hayek. Director Julie Taymor is one to watch.
    Juli R Super Reviewer
  • Dec 06, 2010
    I never much cared for Kahlo's work. Still don't. But it made me respect the woman more. After this I can see how well suited this was for Taymor's directing style. The visual effects that worked for her here were very similar in Across the Universe. Outstanding acting and beautiful cinematography. Probably one of my favorite biopics. (Much better than Evita...)
    Jennifer D Super Reviewer
  • Jul 28, 2010
    Love, pain, sorrow, need, lust, and creativity surround the life of Frida Kahlo, a famous female painter. Salma Hayek, Alfred Molina, Valeria Golino, Mia Maestro, Roger Rees, and Diego Luna carry the emotional struggles and victories in Frida's life wonderfully. The script and direction stunned me. They were both exceptionally well done. Though not my favorite film, Frida has a beauty and geniune quality many movies lack and need.
    Liz < Super Reviewer

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