Frida Reviews

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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.
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.
June 19, 2003
It would be nice to report that the subsequent film, with all of the talent and perseverance that has gone into seeing it to fruition, was worth the heartfelt efforts of all involved.
March 4, 2003
With splendid supporting turns from the likes of Ashley Judd, Edward Norton, and Geoffrey Rush, and some terrific set pieces, Taymor brings Kahlo's art to life.
March 2, 2003
February 18, 2003
While Frida is no masterpiece, it's nevertheless worth the price of admission to see Hayek master her craft.
December 2, 2002
Taymor's triumph is that her film, despite its distance from us in some ways, is pertinent and enthralling.
November 22, 2002
Ms. Taymor gets magnificent performances from Ms. Hayek as Frida and Alfred Molina as the oversexed Diego Rivera.
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.
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.
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.
November 8, 2002
Passionate, provocative, hilarious, tragic and just dizzyingly beautiful to behold.
November 8, 2002
[The screenplay's] flatness ultimately defeats a film that's always a treat to look at.
November 8, 2002
At its best, this is grand-scale moviemaking for a larger-than-life figure, an artist who has been awarded mythic status in contemporary culture.
November 8, 2002
No matter what happens to Hayek from this point on, she leaves us Frida.
November 8, 2002
Taymor, the creative mind behind Broadway's The Lion King, fills Frida with brilliant, surreal flourishes...a rich, funny and sometimes erotic film about an inspiring and influential figure in 20th-century art.
November 7, 2002
A few sublime and moving moments interrupting an otherwise pedestrian movie biography.
November 6, 2002
The greatest movie about an artist since Vincente Minnelli grafted the psychological turmoil of Vincent Van Gogh onto the screen in Lust for Life.
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