Frida Reviews

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February 4, 2020
The strangest of birds - a film about a Communist, bisexual, hirsute, maverick artist aimed squarely at a mainstream audience - Frida may, in fact, turn out to be more radical than it first appears.
January 7, 2020
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.
January 7, 2020
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.
January 6, 2020
The plodding, glumly literal screenplay holds this otherwise expressive biopic back, but it's still a colourful and entertaining watch.
June 5, 2019
One can imagine Taymor's glorious vision as a triumph of which Frida herself would approve.
July 22, 2012
a pity that the project paints by the numbers so much
May 5, 2011
Sporting mustcahe, Selma Hayek gives a solid performance in the otherwise conventionl and mediocre biopic of the noted Spnish artist.
January 1, 2011
Graphic biopic of artist Frida Kahlo.
January 27, 2009
Taymor conveys in imaginative cinematic fashion how for Frida, creating art and living were one and the same.
July 2, 2008
Actress Salma Hayek portrays the famed Mexican surrealist painter in a biopic that neither mythologizes nor decries the artist's accomplishments on or beyond the canvas.
February 13, 2008
Taymor brings all of her artist's compassion to bear on a subject that deserves it.
November 1, 2007
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.
September 22, 2007
Salma Hayek earned an Oscar nomination for her fierce, passionate portrayal of the famous, iconic Mexican painter.
September 26, 2006
[A]s in soap opera, drama is synonymous with the torments of love. Hayek is a brave, tireless performer, ... but given the script she can only play Kahlo the "beguiling personality" she liked to think of herself as ... rather than Kahlo the artist.
December 6, 2005
September 30, 2005
December 6, 2004
Frida boasts a small galaxy of charismatic stars orbiting two appealing actors in the juiciest roles of their careers.
October 7, 2004
August 22, 2004
While this conventional bio-pic may please middle brow audiences, fans of Ms. Taymor are almost certain to realize that the film could have been so much more than this.
June 23, 2004
While Hayek's portrayal is appealing and sincere, it's a shade too adoring. She doesn't convey the excruciating pain that besieged Kahlo.
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