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Lola Montès Reviews

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Variety Staff
October 8, 2008
Some fetching period observation appears from time to time, but life is rarely breathed into this frilly opus.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
July 13, 2008
The idea behind this biopic might be brilliant but I didn't see the film's magic onscreen.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
March 2, 2010
as Lola, Martine Carol should compel our attention, but instead merely toys with it
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Andrew O'Hehir
October 10, 2008
In some odd way, the huge production scale and marvelous widescreen color scheme make Lola Montès seem more distant and artificial than Ophüls' smaller-scale black-and-white films.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 23, 2004
It is all of a piece from beginning to end: The mood, the music, the remarkably fluid camera movement, the sets, the costumes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
November 10, 2008
Lola Montes is mainly a triumph of vibrancy and metaphor. Nonetheless it's quite an experience.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Fernando F. Croce
Slant Magazine
September 20, 2008
A bodice-ripper invested with the profundity of a Stendhal novel, Lola Montes is also, even more than La Ronde, Ophüls's definite commentary on movie-watching.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Christopher Long
Movie Metropolis
May 1, 2010
The net result is pure Ophuls, his signature recognizable in nearly every scene and, despite its very poor initial reception, one hell of a movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
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Richard Brody
New Yorker
February 10, 2014
This exacting and sumptuous restoration of Max Ophüls's last film, from 1955, recovers not just the movie's look but also its meaning.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
January 1, 2000
It does need to be seen on the big screen.
Sean Axmaker
February 17, 2010
Ophuls... contrasts the outrageous sensationalism of her reputation... with offstage moments of tender candor and poignant, poetic flashbacks
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
October 31, 2008
Seen on a big screen, this is a movie to get drunk on.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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John Anderson
Washington Post
November 21, 2008
Watch Lola Montes and you may never watch a movie the same way again.
Michael E. Grost
Classic Film and Television
August 8, 2008
One of the most beautiful films ever made.
Jake Euker
F5 (Wichita, KS)
February 18, 2007
| Original Score: 5/5
Steve Crum
Kansas City Kansan
October 19, 2004
Classic Ophuls should be seen more--in widescreen too/his last film
| Original Score: 5/5
Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
September 22, 2008
Ophüls' style co-stars, paralleling and reinforcing stage artificiality with tracking and crane and pan shots, fluidly tilting to emphasize romance as opposed to "reality."
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Ben Kenigsberg
Time Out
November 18, 2011
| Original Score: 4/5
Josh Larsen
April 12, 2013
"...lingers as a sensational fever dream."
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
November 17, 2011
| Original Score: 4/5
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