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Orphée (Orpheus) Reviews

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Total Film
December 7, 2012
A poet, novelist, painter, sculptor and opium addict, Cocteau only had time to make a handful of films. Watch Orphée and ponder what might have been.
Philip French
Observer (UK)
December 7, 2012
A magical enduring classic, to be seen again and again.
Eric Melin
October 27, 2011
Pretentious? Certainly, but full of the joy of filmmaking and there is a fairly coherent light through all the madness. It may illuminate man's obsessions and idol worship in a cautionary way, but Cocteau is also embracing those very ideas with his film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
September 12, 2011
a paragon of magical realism that transports the ancient Greek myth into the then-modern realm of postwar France
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Ian Berriman
SFX Magazine
January 10, 2011
If you're the kind of amateur existentialist who admires the ring of a sentence like "look a lifetime in a mirror and you will see Death at work", then this beautiful film is for you.
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Variety Staff
March 26, 2009
Jean Cocteau's scripting and directing give the film its proper key of unworldliness.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
October 20, 2006
Comes as close as cinema can to poetry.
Full Review | Original Score: A
David Parkinson
Empire Magazine
April 1, 2006
Cocteau's visual imagination, leading us through mirrors into a bomb-scarred dreamworld governed by the femme fatale of Death, is enduringly magical and strongly cinematic.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Bosley Crowther
New York Times
March 25, 2006
Somnambulistic symbolism may be art for art's sake. Maybe not. This writer finds it slightly tiresome.
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Raymond Durgnat
Time Out
February 11, 2006
Its tight cross-lacing of paranoid dreaming and poetic realism grips like a bondage corset.
Adrian Turner
Radio Times
April 9, 2004
Jean Cocteau's updating of the Orpheus myth to post-Liberation Paris is one of cinema's great artistic masterpieces, a piece of Méliès-like magic that is intensely powerful and moving even at its most bewildering.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Jamie Russell
March 16, 2004
Full of haunting imagery plucked from the realm of fairy tales, Orphée is one of the great cinematic fantasies of the 20th century.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
February 1, 2004
Notable for its vivid and inventive imagery, bringing the Greek myth of Orpheus to the present day with style and passion that's both poetic and realistically gritty
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5

TV Guide
July 30, 2003
A compelling cinematic allegory from one of the great artists of the twentieth century.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Moira Sullivan
Movie Magazine International
July 5, 2003
This is one of the most exquisite gems of cinema history. Cocteau's film of the Orpheus myth. Many moments are enchanting such as cryptic messages broadcast from a car radio.
| Original Score: 5/5
Jon Fortgang
May 24, 2003
A fresh and fascinating treatment of an abiding myth.
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
August 21, 2002
Few films are as magical, and none are more haunting than this monumental work.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Jeremy Heilman
March 5, 2002
Cocteau rarely fumbles here, which is remarkable considering what he is attempting.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
Seeing Orpheus today is like glimpsing a cinematic realm that has passed completely from the scene.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
January 1, 2000
Cocteau's film technique is as eccentrically sui generis as ever -- his apparent mistakes are often among his most expressive moments.
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