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After being attached to a number of actors, directors, and producers, this long-gestating biography of one of Mexico's most prominent, iconoclastic painters reaches the screen under the guiding hand of producer/star Salma Hayek. Hayek ages some 30 years onscreen as she charts Frida Kahlo's life from feisty schoolgirl to Diego Rivera protégée to world-renowned artist in her own right. Frida details Kahlo's affluent upbringing in Mexico City, and her nurturing relationship with her traditional mother (Patricia Reyes Spindola) and philosophical father (Roger Rees). Having already… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 76%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Taymor's triumph is that her film, despite its distance from us in some ways, is pertinent and enthralling."
‑ Stanley Kauffmann, The New Republic
"Passionate, provocative, hilarious, tragic and just dizzyingly beautiful to behold."
‑ Susan Stark, Detroit News
"Sporting mustcahe, Selma Hayek gives a solid performance in the otherwise conventionl and mediocre biopic of the noted Spnish artist."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Actress Salma Hayek portrays the famed Mexican surrealist painter in a biopic that neither mythologizes nor decries the artist's accomplishments on or beyond the canvas."
‑ Todd Gilchrist, IGN Movies
"[A]s in soap opera, drama is synonymous with the torments of love. Hayek is a brave, tireless performer, ... but given the script she can only play Kahlo the "beguiling personality" she liked to think of herself as ... rather than Kahlo the artist."
‑ Alan Dale,
"Ms. Taymor gets magnificent performances from Ms. Hayek as Frida and Alfred Molina as the oversexed Diego Rivera."
‑ Andrew Sarris, New York Observer
"[The screenplay's] flatness ultimately defeats a film that's always a treat to look at."
‑ Steven Rosen, Denver Post
"Graphic biopic of artist Frida Kahlo."
‑ David Gurney, Common Sense Media
"Taymor brings all of her artist's compassion to bear on a subject that deserves it."
‑ Rob Gonsalves,
"Frida boasts a small galaxy of charismatic stars orbiting two appealing actors in the juiciest roles of their careers."
‑ Jeffrey Overstreet, Looking Closer
"If Frida doesn't tell us anything that we don't already know, it does dramatize Kahlo's life with a fiery, soulful beauty."
‑ Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald
"a pity that the project paints by the numbers so much"
‑ John A. Nesbit, Old School Reviews
"Taymor conveys in imaginative cinematic fashion how for Frida, creating art and living were one and the same."
‑ Michael Dequina,
"Salma Hayek earned an Oscar nomination for her fierce, passionate portrayal of the famous, iconic Mexican painter."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"While this conventional bio-pic may please middle brow audiences, fans of Ms. Taymor are almost certain to realize that the film could have been so much more than this."
‑ Dan Jardine, Apollo Guide
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