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Frida Reviews

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
November 7, 2002
A few sublime and moving moments interrupting an otherwise pedestrian movie biography.
| Original Score: 3/5
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James Berardinelli
October 23, 2002
It's just disappointingly superficial -- a movie that has all the elements necessary to be a fascinating, involving character study, but never does more than scratch the surface.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
August 30, 2002
The film somehow misses the mark, having made rather tidy a messy and brutally painful life.
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
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Manohla Dargis
Los Angeles Times
October 24, 2002
Meticulously mounted, exasperatingly well-behaved film, which ticks off Kahlo's lifetime milestones with the dutiful precision of a tax accountant.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
December 1, 2003
A blasé etching of a fraught relationship, largely ignoring the social and political influences on Frida's art.
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
January 5, 2003
Frida would not exist without Hayek, and the sad irony is it would be so much better without her.
Full Review| Original Score: 2/4
Nick Rogers
State Journal-Register (Springfield, IL)
June 27, 2003
A maddeningly vague biography, Frida is all the worse for starting off with such narrative promise and visual pizzazz before degenerating into boring, episodic misery.
Full Review| Original Score: 1.5/4
Erik Childress
October 24, 2002
Certainly beautiful to look at, but its not very informative about its titular character and no more challenging than your average television biopic.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
December 11, 2002
... its many grand artistic touches introduced throughout can't compensate for the libertine spirit that's missing in telling Frida's story.
Full Review | Original Score: C
January 27, 2003
La de Salma es una versión de Frida superficial, preciosista y sin ningún contenido.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena
July 25, 2003
Salma Hayek brilha em alguns momentos e fracassa ridiculamente em outros. A direção de arte e os efeitos são interessantes, mas o roteiro não contribui. Destaque para Molina.
| Original Score: 3/5
Dan Jardine
June 23, 2004
Disappointingly conventional, particularly given Taymor's past work on stage and screen.
Full Review | Original Score: 69/100
Dan Jardine
Apollo Guide
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.
| Original Score: 69/100
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
October 22, 2002
The impressionist model might have served Taymor better than her Frida's straightforward script, which is ultimately overwhelmed with incident and suggests the labor of many hands.
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
October 24, 2002
A revolutionary life has rarely felt less edgy, or the biography of an iconoclast more bourgeois.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
October 24, 2002
Hamstrung by a script that seems determined to stop at all the big moments in Frida's life without giving anything time to resonate.
| Original Score: 2/4
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John Anderson
October 24, 2002
Frida is certainly no disaster, but neither is it the Kahlo movie Frida fans have been looking for.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
November 1, 2002
Frida is intended to spread the word that Kahlo, a surrealist of surpassing self-investigation, was a firebrand and a legend. So why tell her story like a runny soap opera?
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
November 1, 2002
The movie is amazingly flat for a film about Kahlo.
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
July 7, 2012
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
February 2, 2003
Enrique Buchichio
Uruguay Total
March 11, 2003
Una película que produce sensaciones contradictorias.
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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
May 19, 2004
Cynthia Fuchs
Nitrate Online
November 2, 2002
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David Edelstein
NPR's Fresh Air
November 16, 2002
Alexander Walker
London Evening Standard
March 1, 2003
Louis Proyect
August 18, 2003
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Christopher Tookey
Daily Mail (UK)
December 15, 2003
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David Ansen
November 1, 2007
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
November 2, 2002

Boston Phoenix
November 18, 2002

The Straits Times (Singapore)
March 1, 2003
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Sydney Morning Herald
March 7, 2003

March 25, 2003
February 1, 2004
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Time Out
January 26, 2006
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