Immortal Beloved Reviews

May 24, 2019
Music scholars have challenged the film's authenticity, but they cannot dispute the magnificent image-making by director Bernard Rose.
May 24, 2019
It may be a cartoon. Yet, with Beethoven's compositions crashing and storming around him, it's a cartoon that has some dark, harrowing grandeur.
May 24, 2019
Yes, this is another one of Hollywood's silly symphonies, an unintentionally amusing bit of piffle that allows mortals a privileged glimpse into the private life of a legendary composer.
May 24, 2019
Moments like these may lift Immortal Beloved high enough for even the most skeptical of purists to forgive it. Moments like these and, of course, all that glorious music.
May 24, 2019
For all the story's illicit passion, creative reveries, detective-like investigation and twist ending, Immortal Beloved is episodically slow and surprisingly flat.
May 24, 2019
A turgid affair with a palette that recalls used Ace bandages.
May 24, 2019
There is an image in Immortal Beloved as evocative as any I can remember -- as complete as the sled in Citizen Kane, or the shadowy doorway in The Third Man.
September 7, 2011
As biography, Immortal Beloved is trashy and fraudulent, yet as an impressionistic riff on Beethoven's temperament, his spirit, it exerts an irresistible pull.
October 18, 2008
Crucially, [director Rose] fails to drum up much suspense or even interest in the solution to the puzzle, poking a hole in his own balloon even before he fills it with air to try to make it fly.
February 9, 2006
The film may plod and pulse in equal measure, but the ecstatic visualisation of the climactic Ode to Joy is a triumph.