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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
April 24, 2013
Chamberlain gives a surprisingly good performance.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Emanuel Levy
June 16, 2012
Ken Russell's biopic of the legendary composer is distorted and excessive, but it's worth seeing.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Philip Kemp
Total Film
April 30, 2012
It's unashamedly vulgar and, if you switch off critical filters, enormous fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Fernando F. Croce
April 30, 2012
The picture all too readily settles for the prototype of Russell's anguished-artist aberrations, with the crassness of his formative BBC biopics magnified into gargantuan flailing.
Top Critic
Nicolas Rapold
Village Voice
April 30, 2012
Whole stretches of images seem pushed and pulled along before our eyes by projected desires and anxieties.
Top Critic
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
April 30, 2012
Totally irresponsible as a film about, or inspired by, or parallel to, or bearing a vague resemblance to, Tchaikovsky, his life and times. It is not, however, a complete failure.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
March 8, 2004
Russell did something with this biopic about a composer that no one had done to this degree (and rarely at all): He let the music shape and drive the film itself.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Top Critic
Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
September 18, 2003
This Ken Russell fantasia-musical biography as wet dream-hangs together more successfully than his other similar efforts, thanks largely to a powerhouse performance by Glenda Jackson, one actress who can hold her own against Russell's excess.
Top Critic

February 23, 2012
Emanuel Levy
July 26, 2005
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
Daniel M. Kimmel
Worcester Telegram & Gazette
February 8, 2004
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
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