Modigliani Reviews

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August 16, 2007
Instead of trying to provide insight into this genius's debilitating madness, Davis prefers to wallow in incoherent and clichd misery, punctuated by poetically oblique imagery.
October 29, 2005
Just another artistic sacrifice to life's ironies, cruelties, and bad filmmakers.
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July 7, 2005
A film of vitality, with imagery as haunting and romantic as it is intense.
July 7, 2005
No one expected a documentary, but serious art-history students may feel let down.
July 1, 2005
The real-life Modigliani did indeed live a short, tragic life, but this factually inaccurate, plodding film makes it feel twice as long.
July 1, 2005
Modigliani is slow, shamefully cliched and disjointed as a cubist portrait.
July 1, 2005
Thanks to writer-director Mick Davis, the film, like its subject, dies young.
July 1, 2005
It's hard to take this oddball movie seriously, right down to the undisguised streetwise-American accent of Andy Garcia as the Italian Jew Amedeo Modigliani.
June 30, 2005
The best and maybe the only use to be made of the catastrophic screen biography Modigliani is to serve as a textbook outline of how not to film the life of a legendary artist.
June 28, 2005
It ain't pretty but you have a choisa: See Modigliani or rent Derek Jarman's Caravaggio instead.
June 28, 2005
Sadly, instead of situating the l'amour fou in the artistic ferment of the period (1917-1920), Davis twists the period to fit the story.
May 19, 2005
It is a tidy stack of snapshots, unencumbered by a point of view.
May 13, 2005
Director Mick Davis shows little if any imagination in presenting the troubled genius or the remarkable Montparnasse art scene of the World War I era, and that's the real bummer.
May 12, 2005
Modigliani may have been noted for his drunken volatility and arrogance, but once you get a dozen years or so of Behind the Musics and E! True Hollywood Stories behind you, it's hard to get worked up about that sort of thing anymore.
May 12, 2005
Mick Davis' prosaic art biopic Modigliani is a tiresome, hammy and ultimately annoying portrait of the artist as a young drunk.
May 11, 2005
Modigliani's problems lie in its contentment with superficial clichs
May 4, 2005
A third of it is an episodically disordered string of scenes that coalesce into a narrative. The remaining two thirds is melodrama.
February 20, 2005
Zylberstein aside, the film rarely comes to life.
February 4, 2005
Despite some nice shots of scenes converting into well-known art, Modigliani is plainly, badly directed.
February 3, 2005
A fantastic reminder that the only thing worse than a bad movie is a bad, pretentious movie.
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