Callas Forever
Callas Forever (2004)

Renowned Italian filmmaker Franco Zeffirelli followed up 1999's critically acclaimed and BAFTA-winning Tea With Mussolini with this biopic, detailing the final days of opera diva Maria Callas, who died in 1977 of heart failure at the… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: June 21, 2005
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Critic Score: 42% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Olin Chism
Dallas Morning News

For Callas fans, this is a winner. For others, it should at least be interesting.

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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press

For all the devotion Zeffirelli professes to Callas' legacy, the script reduces her to a cartoon.

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Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

So appealing and ingratiating that it's hard not to be taken in by Zeffirelli's fantasy.

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Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle

The film's portrait of the singer is indelible. The story as a whole, however, doesn't hold together, primarily because the imaginary characters and situations that surround her are so inadequately sketched.

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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

Although the film will hold little appeal for non-opera buffs, its warmth trumps its clichés, odd casting and overacting.

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S. James Wegg

In his Ode to his colleague, Zeffirelli reminds us all how fragile egos can be and the lengths artists (and their producers) will go to remain in the limelight.

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Tom Long
Detroit News

A film that forgets to bring its central character to life.

Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times

A tribute to an artist that never approaches art.

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John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

Zeffirelli's 'Carmen' looks more PBS than MGM, and this relative poverty helps explain why this sincere but bloodless film has taken three years to limp into theaters.

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jay nixon
Fanny Ardant is great in the title role, Jeremy Irons and Joan Plowright offer exemplary support.