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The Magic Flute Reviews

March 20, 2009
The results are often fascinating (I love the duet of the Armed Men, sung by a chorus of faces animated out of a wall of sandbags), sometimes ludicrous and never boring.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 20, 2009
In the end, love triumphs. In this movie, the music triumphs, proving again that a true masterpiece can survive all kinds of meddling.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 30, 2007
A week is a long time in cinema. Last Friday saw Branagh being all but written off thanks to the ludicrous Sleuth. This week, he's hitting the high notes.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
November 30, 2007
A genial and good-natured production with much spectacle and entertainment to offer, and, like all of Branagh's classical revivals on celluloid, it manages to be high-minded and yet accessible.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
November 30, 2007
Despite the talent involved - Branagh is joined by Stephen Fry, who has written a new libretto - and the ambitious staging, this flute blows all right, but it's short on the magic.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
November 29, 2007
A huge budget allows for spectacular CGI sequences and Branagh concocts some startlingly inspired ways to accompany Mozart's music in visuals.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
November 29, 2007
Apart from a fascination with the hate-spitting mouth and throat of Lyubov Petrova's vocally pyrotechnic Queen of the Night, the visual gimmicks are individually tolerable. But they don't add up to anything particular.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/6
September 23, 2006
Opera buffs shouldn't throw away their DVDs of Ingmar Bergman's 1975 TV movie.
September 20, 2006
Even though there were moments in The Magic Flute when I wondered if Branagh hadn't truly gone off his rocker, I found its audacity exhilarating.