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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 Czech expatriate, Miroslav Ondrícek. Amadeus is an expansion of a Viennese "urban legend" concerning the death of 18th century musical genius Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. From the vantage point of an insane asylum, aging royal composer Salieri (F. Murray Abraham) recalls the events of three decades earlier, when the young Mozart (Tom Hulce) first gained… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 95%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The performance of Abraham, who won the Best Actor Oscar for it, is monumental, and so is Forman's direction."
‑ Jack Mathews, New York Daily News
"On a production level and as an evocation of a time and place, Amadeus is loaded with pleasures."
‑ Todd McCarthy, Variety
"Except for the Mozart music and Tharp movements around the edges, Amadeus plays like a monument to mediocrity."
‑ Michael Sragow, Baltimore Sun
"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."
‑ David Sterritt, Christian Science Monitor
"... brought a new popular interest in the music of Mozart and turned the classical composer into a pop-culture figure..."
‑ Sean Axmaker, Turner Classic Movies Online
"The subject of artistic creation is typically handled badly in the movies.... [Amadeus] treats the subject of creativity in a fresh way."
‑ Gene Siskel, Chicago Tribune
"Peter Shaffer's shrewdly orchestrated cultural evening gets a steady, dignified, moderately dull treatment from Milos Forman."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"Amadeus is simply one of the finest biographical dramas ever made."
‑ David Parkinson, Radio Times
"With Mozart's magical music swirling around them, Hulce and Abraham share a dual triumph in a film that stands as a provocative and prodigious achievement."
‑ Peter Travers, People Magazine
"Great movie, but not quite true to history."
‑ Charles Cassady, Common Sense Media
"A grand movie entertainment."
‑ Richard Corliss, TIME Magazine
"The entire cast speaks in horribly intrusive American accents, but Forman makes some perceptive connections between Mozart's life and work."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"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."
‑ Tasha Robinson, AV Club
"Milos Forman's opulent drama is sheer quality."
‑ , Total Film
"A witty and highly imaginative historical fiction, well adapted by screenwriter Peter Shaffer from his own hit play. [Blu-ray]"
‑ Peter Canavese, Groucho Reviews
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