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A mournful look at the last days of opera diva Maria Callas, director Franco Zeffirelli's biographical drama attempts to explore the irresistible allure of a comeback for a fallen star who hungers for the success of her past. Weathered from the excess of the previous decade and with her best performances long behind her, Callas (Fanny Ardant) withdraws to her Paris apartment to live her final days in seclusion. Despite being ravaged by a throat disease and being stuck in an extended period of mourning following the death of her true love, Callas' manager Larry Kelly (Jeremy Irons)… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 42%

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"For Callas fans, this is a winner. For others, it should at least be interesting."
‑ Olin Chism, Dallas Morning News
"For all the devotion Zeffirelli professes to Callas' legacy, the script reduces her to a cartoon."
‑ Terry Lawson, Detroit Free Press
"So appealing and ingratiating that it's hard not to be taken in by Zeffirelli's fantasy."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"The film rises and falls on Ardant's performance and, boy, does she deliver, chewing up scenery and making it look like delicate surgery."
‑ Robert W. Butler, Kansas City Star
"Nothing more than Zeffirelli's wish-fulfillment, pretending to stage a production of 'Carmen' with Fanny Ardant acting as proxy for his late, great star."
‑ Eric D. Snider,
"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."
‑ Eric Harrison, Houston Chronicle
"Although the film will hold little appeal for non-opera buffs, its warmth trumps its clichés, odd casting and overacting."
‑ Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"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."
‑ S. James Wegg, JWR
"It's an odd little film with tremendous appeal. It's almost as if Zeffirelli ... has dug up a late-'70s time capsule to share with the world."
‑ Larry Ratliff, San Antonio Express-News
"Zeffirelli is in his element celebrating Callas' glory and lushly staging Carmen. Alas, the rest of the movie... falls flat."
‑ Sean Means, Salt Lake Tribune
"A film that forgets to bring its central character to life."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"A tribute to an artist that never approaches art."
‑ Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
"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."
‑ John Beifuss, Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
"Justifies its dismissal of factual truth in favor of a deeper sort."
‑ Marc Mohan, Oregonian
"Though for opera buffs the result may well be fun, it's also camp with a high C....Douglas Sirk and Ross Hunter, eat your hearts out."
‑ Frank Swietek, One Guy's Opinion
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