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Frida Reviews

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November 26, 2002
Frida vive y pinta de colores la pantalla!
| Original Score: 8.5
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
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
November 22, 2002
Ms. Taymor gets magnificent performances from Ms. Hayek as Frida and Alfred Molina as the oversexed Diego Rivera.
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
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.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
November 15, 2002
Taymor ... dips into Frida's imagination intriguingly.
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+
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.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
November 14, 2002
The canonization of St Frida informs and diminishes the movie.
November 10, 2002
Bursting with a bitterness tinged with joy and humor, like Frida Kahlo's work itself.
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+
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
November 9, 2002
Beautifully put together and lovely to watch.
November 8, 2002
Frida's artistic brilliance is undeniable -- it's among the most breathtakingly designed films I've ever seen.
Read More | Original Score: 10/10
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.
November 8, 2002
Visually engrossing, seldom hammy, honorably Mexican and burns its Kahlories with conviction.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
November 8, 2002
Why do the movies always turn the lives of fascinating, complex artists into the same old boring story?
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
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
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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