Farinelli
Farinelli (1994)

The performer known as Farinelli, born Carlo Broschi (and played in this film by Stefano Dionisi), was famous in the 18th century as the world's greatest castrato , a male singer whose testicles were removed in childhood so that he… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: August 22, 2000
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Critic Score: 64% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times

Artistry abounds in every aspect of the film.

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Hal Hinson
Washington Post

Because Carlo Broschi, the 18th-century castrato singer known as Farinelli, was himself such an exotic and sensationalistic figure, you'd think that creating a dull movie out of his flamboyant life would be next to impossible. Think again.

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Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com

This Oscar-nominated Belgian entry about catsration of boys who became phenomenal soprano opera singers is more bizarre than drmatically engaging, but the story is always fascinating and the movie nice to look at and listent to.

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Desson Thomson
Washington Post

There's something too artificial and highfalutin about the movie.

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Edward Guthmann
San Francisco Chronicle

Glossy and histrionic, salacious and empty, Farinelli reduces a fascinating story to a series of hissy fits and leering glances.

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Gabriel Shanks
Mixed Reviews

Romantic, sweeping tale of sex and sibling rivalry that manages to connect despite its overwrought storytelling.

James Berardinelli
ReelViews

A fascinating, if occasionally overly melodramatic, recreation of a period when Baroque music ruled Europe.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

Farinelli, one of the 1995 Oscar nominees in the foreign film category, is onto an interesting story, all right, but it leaves us feeling, like some of Farinelli's lovers, that something is missing.

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Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

Stops you in your tracks and transports you to a phantasmagorical world where music, mystery and magic hold sway.

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Flixster Audience Score: 83% Flixster User Reviews
Kylie B
Beautiful, lush, sumptuous...all words that can be used to describe various aspects of this film. My only issue would be that the love between Farinelli and the… More
Pierluigi Puccini
The colourful and uninhibited life of "il castrato" Farinelli and his brother Riccardo Broschi, two men who shared their music and their women. An… More