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Modigliani Reviews

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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
October 5, 2004
Both Modi and Jeanne are genuinely tragic figures. But the movie so trivializes them as adolescents, lacking control of their own emotions, that their tragedy never takes hold.
Mark R. Leeper
rec.arts.movies.reviews
January 5, 2005
The material is just too familiar and we are given know reason to care if Modigliani lives or dies.
Full Review| Original Score: 5/10
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
July 1, 2005
Thanks to writer-director Mick Davis, the film, like its subject, dies young.
| Original Score: 1/4
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Raven Snook
Time Out
August 16, 2007
Instead of trying to provide insight into this genius's debilitating madness, Davis prefers to wallow in incoherent and clichéd misery, punctuated by poetically oblique imagery.
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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R. Emmet Sweeney
Village Voice
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.
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
October 6, 2004
...devoid of emotional resonance, despite a full-bodied performance by Andy Garcia.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Matt McKillop
Filmcritic.com
May 11, 2005
Modigliani's problems lie in its contentment with superficial clichés
| Original Score: 2.5/5
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Lisa Rose
Newark Star-Ledger
July 1, 2005
Modigliani is slow, shamefully cliched and disjointed as a cubist portrait.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine
June 28, 2005
It ain't pretty but you have a choisa: See Modigliani or rent Derek Jarman's Caravaggio instead.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Scott Brown
Entertainment Weekly
May 19, 2005
It is a tidy stack of snapshots, unencumbered by a point of view.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Carina Chocano
Los Angeles Times
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.
Luke Y. Thompson
New Times
July 7, 2005
No one expected a documentary, but serious art-history students may feel let down.
Jeffrey Gantz
Boston Phoenix
October 29, 2005
Just another artistic sacrifice to life's ironies, cruelties, and bad filmmakers.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
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Lisa Nesselson
Variety
October 5, 2004
Failing to invest famous characters with the depth to break free of a made-for-TV feel, earnest misfire does make one want to read up on the real Modigliani.
Phoebe Flowers
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
February 3, 2005
A fantastic reminder that the only thing worse than a bad movie is a bad, pretentious movie.
| Original Score: 1/4
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Marta Barber
Miami Herald
February 4, 2005
Despite some nice shots of scenes converting into well-known art, Modigliani is plainly, badly directed.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Shlomo Schwartzberg
Boxoffice Magazine
February 20, 2005
Zylberstein aside, the film rarely comes to life.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Kim Morgan
L.A. Weekly
May 12, 2005
Mick Davis' prosaic art biopic Modigliani is a tiresome, hammy and ultimately annoying portrait of the artist as a young drunk.
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November 17, 2011
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