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Frida Reviews

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Beth Jones
Roanoke Times (Virginia)
November 25, 2002
Director Julie Taymor and the film's many writers do not paint the Mexican painter as a martyr. "Frida " is a story about a woman who loved life, partied hard and enjoyed her own indiscretions.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Danny Minton
KBTV-NBC (Beaumont, TX)
November 24, 2002
Frida is a beautiful film with terrific acting and a touching story (which means it probably won't make much money).
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
November 22, 2002
Ms. Taymor gets magnificent performances from Ms. Hayek as Frida and Alfred Molina as the oversexed Diego Rivera.
Forrest Hartman
Reno Gazette-Journal
November 22, 2002
The art direction and special effects are remarkable throughout, and in a number of scenes paintings and real-life blend seamlessly. . . . Frida may not be the ultimate artist biography, but it is art in its own right.
| Original Score: 3/4
Anita Schmaltz
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
November 18, 2002
Frida has the heightened emotion and color of artist-bio classics...but not the consistency..taking great artistic risks that range anywhere from jaw-ajar triumphant to comic schlock.
| Original Score: 4/5
Lawrence Toppman
Charlotte Observer
November 15, 2002
Taymor ... dips into Frida's imagination intriguingly.
Eugene Novikov
Film Blather
November 14, 2002
You know it's a problem when the subject of a biopic didn't lead a very interesting life.
| Original Score: C+
Joe Leydon
San Francisco Examiner
November 14, 2002
A rigorously competent but rarely compelling film that distills the flamboyantly unconventional life of Mexican artist Frida Kahlo (1907-54) into a respectfully conventional, Hollywood-style biographical drama.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Jeet Thayil
Rediff.com
November 14, 2002
The canonization of St Frida informs and diminishes the movie.
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
November 10, 2002
Bursting with a bitterness tinged with joy and humor, like Frida Kahlo's work itself.
Nick Schager
Matinee Magazine
November 10, 2002
Just as in Kahlo's life, Rivera is the commanding centrifugal force of Taymor's film, and remains the best reason to sit through the otherwise uneven, mildly captivating Frida.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle
November 10, 2002
It's a competent and nicely designed biopic that for all of the director's attempts to link surrealist film imagery with Hayek's depiction of Kahlo somehow manages to be generally lackluster.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan
November 9, 2002
Beautifully put together and lovely to watch.
Jack Garner
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
November 8, 2002
Frida's artistic brilliance is undeniable -- it's among the most breathtakingly designed films I've ever seen.
| Original Score: 10/10
Robert W. Butler
Kansas City Star
November 8, 2002
Frida isn't that much different from many a Hollywood romance. What sets it apart is the vision that Taymor, the avant garde director of Broadway's The Lion King and the film Titus, brings.
David Elliott
San Diego Union-Tribune
November 8, 2002
Visually engrossing, seldom hammy, honorably Mexican and burns its Kahlories with conviction.
| Original Score: 3/4
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
November 8, 2002
Why do the movies always turn the lives of fascinating, complex artists into the same old boring story?
| Original Score: 2/4
Laura Kelly
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
November 8, 2002
Great job, Salma. You have brought Frida Kahlo to the masses. And you have presented her in primer form, as honestly, reverently and boldly as you could.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Shawn Levy
Oregonian
November 8, 2002
An instance of filmmakers being so inspired by the life and achievement of an artist (or, in this case, a pair of artists) that they transcend genre to create something invigorating.
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
November 8, 2002
If Frida doesn't tell us anything that we don't already know, it does dramatize Kahlo's life with a fiery, soulful beauty.
| Original Score: 3/4
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