Amadeus (1984)

For this film adaptation of Peter Shaffer's Broadway hit, director Milos Forman returned to the city of Prague that he'd left behind during the Czech political crises of 1968, bringing along his usual cinematographer and fellow… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: December 16, 1997
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Critic Score: 95% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A lavish, entertaining, powerful film about the life and influence, both positive and negative, of one of Western culture's great artists.

Jack Mathews
New York Daily News

The performance of Abraham, who won the Best Actor Oscar for it, is monumental, and so is Forman's direction.

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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine

A grand movie entertainment.

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Michael Sragow
Baltimore Sun

Except for the Mozart music and Tharp movements around the edges, Amadeus plays like a monument to mediocrity.

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Tasha Robinson
AV Club

Forman's tormented, iconoclastic subjects are often pitted against iconic or impersonal antagonists, but Amadeus' conflict remains rivetingly intimate, in spite of its sumptuous, larger-than-life settings.

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Todd McCarthy

On a production level and as an evocation of a time and place, Amadeus is loaded with pleasures.

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David Parkinson
Radio Times

Amadeus is simply one of the finest biographical dramas ever made.

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Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune

The subject of artistic creation is typically handled badly in the movies.... [Amadeus] treats the subject of creativity in a fresh way.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

Peter Shaffer's shrewdly orchestrated cultural evening gets a steady, dignified, moderately dull treatment from Milos Forman.

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David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor

A rowdy, funny, suspenseful, and sometimes very moving visit with two fascinating personalities: one an uncouth prodigy, the other an earnest second-rater who never quite understands why somebody else should get all the glory.

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Christian C
Who doesn't love this film? The costumes and locations alone are a feast for the eyes. (Of course, the historical accuracy is close to zero, but I still… More
Daniel Mumby
When I reviewed A Royal Affair last year, I spoke about the two big challenges that any period or costume drama has to overcome. One is the reputation of the… More
Adriel Lim
Fantastic! Every second is a delight of visuals, brilliant production value, exalting character and of course, the wonders of great music, a whole new way to… More
Thomas Bowler
By bouts hilariously witty, nerve-wrackingly tense and profoundly moving, all the while beautifully shot and thoughtfully put together. An astounding… More
Josh Morris
Amadeus is one of the most entertaining biographies put on screen, and possibly the best one about a musician ever. It is also the most effective transplanting… More

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