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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 96%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The effect is a coldly theatrical counterpoint to the hot-blooded sentiments. MORE REVIEWS bullet See an archive of recent movie reviews bullet Joe's Movie Lounge blog bullet Reel Time forum bullet Movie showtimes bullet Movie theaters"
‑ Joe Williams, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"[Director] Saura's personal love of fado goes back to his youth, and Fados reflects what is clearly his deeply imaginative, inner relationship with the genre's songs about loss, shifting hopes and elusive happiness."
‑ Tom Keogh, Seattle Times
"Celebrates fados, Portugal's traditional music."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Fados is basically a collection of musical performances by two dozen practitioners of the form, but Saura always finds a way to make it cinematic."
‑ Robert W. Butler, Kansas City Star
"Will speak to ethnomusicologists and cineastes alike."
‑ John P. McCarthy, Boxoffice Magazine
"For those who've never before heard fado, Fados will be a revelation -- a window into a music that (like blues music) can be poetic, heartbreaking, melodramatic and redemptive, all at the same time."
‑ Jonathan Curiel, San Francisco Chronicle
"That you very likely know nothing about who those legends are concerns Saura not at all; made for aficionados, Fados is virtually context-free."
‑ Dan Kois, Washington Post
"The third segment in Carlos Saura's musical trilogy that also includes Flamenco and Tango."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Fados isn't just a director's look at one genre of music, it's a celebration of the special relationship between music, dance and film."
‑ Sean Gandert, Paste Magazine
"I was familiar with the fado style, but had never heard of any of the performers here, and I still loved this."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Never is his film less than cinematic."
‑ Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times
"In total, there are more than a dozen performance pieces, all stylishly lensed."
‑ V.A. Musetto, New York Post
"If you're disquieted by something in your life, 88 minutes with this collection of Fados will calm your innermost travails, guaranteed."
‑ Jules Brenner, Cinema Signals
"A soulful and enchanting celebration of fados that will delight fans both old and new."
‑ Avi Offer, NYC Movie Guru
"Magically, not a traditional tour of the sweet home of fados. . . though some repeated projections become precious, clearly places fados in the world music pantheon."
‑ Nora Lee Mandel, Film-Forward.com
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