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The Red Violin (Le violon rouge) Reviews

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December 27, 2017
If you are a highly educated person like me who played violin as a child, with three university degrees in STEM subjects, Fellow of an Oxford College, a person who behaves in the hotel exactly as Samuel L Jackson did in the movie, a person who is widely travelled to run top science and R&D events, a person who speaks many languages and who is of a certain age (over the age of 40 at least) then here is no better movie than this in my opinion.
September 26, 2017
It is an epic of a violin. Its life story is very compelling. It may take patience to view the long film but the rewards are almost breath-taking. The soundtrack is part of it. It won an Oscar and all these while, I taught it was nominated for best cinematography.

There are many unexpected twists, especially towards the end of the film, including an explanation why the violin is red in the first place.
June 25, 2017
Love this movie! Coming from a person with music in the heart it speaks to me!!
April 29, 2017
It's amazing how one film can tell an engrossing life journey about an inanimate object that only becomes animated when played by the hands and talents of people based on their time period/culture. There is also a mysticism about this picture that grabs me and gets me thinking hard and I admire films that manage to affect me in a deep way. Just like "The Red Violin" itself, this film has a special quality about it that makes it something truly wonderful. What a lovely film!
½ January 1, 2017
Gasp! She is not gonna shoot the violin. She is not gonna shoot the violin... She shot the violin! Desgraciada!
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What a beautifully written and directed movie. Loved it!
May 4, 2016
Amazing movie. Worth seeing.
March 26, 2016
Kind of plays on the whole cursed object idea. A musicians dream instrument...could be their ticket to greatness as well as their descent into madness. Beautifully Brilliant!
January 14, 2016
This movie could have been four starts if there was a better production team behind it. Totally jumped around way too much! Samuel Jackson was the worst casting imaginable! What a fail.
September 20, 2015
Close your eyes, enjoy the movie! A masterpiece!
August 21, 2015
This movie is one of my all time favorites. Not for children. It's a movie I love and have watched numerous times over the years.
August 9, 2015
Despite the fact that the soundtrack is done by Joshua Bell, this movie is still a jewel, with a superior story and absolutely fantastic score.
May 18, 2015
Nice watch but not as deep as the director was shooting for.
December 14, 2014
Watch this film with no distractions. Pay attention to all the subtle details and you will agree with the 5 stars.
December 10, 2014
Follows the lives of those who owned the red violin. From its maker to the auction block.
October 27, 2014
I really enjoyed this movie. It seemed long but I liked the story line.
½ August 21, 2014
Solid, but it lacked an agressive snatch toward genius
July 22, 2014
this was an interesting, at times ridiculous film. i think it did a good job of making us care about the violin and actually seeing it as a protagonist rather than the characters around it. but there was definitely a disparity between the quality of stories - some of them, like the story with the little boy with the heart problem, were actually touching, whereas other stories, like the one about the british violin player who could only compose during sex were laughable. in all i think this film was typically canadian, in that it had a single reveal which made the entire story make sense, but because it kept it from the audience for the majority of the film, we watched, not really understanding what was special about the violin or why it was linked to the fortune-teller's prediction. i think this film would have been more effective if it had a coherent story outside of the reveal, that would make watching the actual film a memorable experience, rather than just waiting for the moment when it all makes sense. also, even with samuel l jackson starring, this film still managed to retain that quintessentially canadian boringness/mundanity that permeates all their films.
May 18, 2014
A nice story overall, but a little too long and drawn out for my taste as I found myself awaiting the ending just to have it be over with. It was an interesting concept giving the background of what brought each of the potential buyers to have a connection to the instrument. Decent movie overall, but nothing I would really give my reccomendation to as a must see film.
May 13, 2014
I really enjoyed The Red violin. The symbols of the tarot cards and the color red of the violin, very interesting. Great storytelling.
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