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Set in Paris in 1919, biopic centers on the life of late Italian artist Amedeo Modigliani, focusing on his last days as well as his rivalry with Pablo Picasso. Modigliani, a Jew, has fallen in love with Jeanne, a young and beautiful Catholic girl. The couple has an illegitimate child, and Jeanne's bigoted parents send the baby to a faraway convent to be raised by nuns. Modigliani is distraught and needs money to rescue and raise his child. The answer arrives in the shape of Paris' annual art competition. Prize money and a guaranteed career await the winner. Neither Modigliani, nor his… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 4%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Instead of trying to provide insight into this genius's debilitating madness, Davis prefers to wallow in incoherent and clichéd misery, punctuated by poetically oblique imagery."
‑ Raven Snook, Time Out New York
"Thanks to writer-director Mick Davis, the film, like its subject, dies young."
‑ Kyle Smith, New York Post
"Just another artistic sacrifice to life's ironies, cruelties, and bad filmmakers."
‑ Jeffrey Gantz, Boston Phoenix
"It ain't pretty but you have a choisa: See Modigliani or rent Derek Jarman's Caravaggio instead."
‑ Ed Gonzalez, Slant Magazine
"A third of it is an episodically disordered string of scenes that coalesce into a narrative. The remaining two thirds is melodrama."
‑ Jules Brenner, Cinema Signals
"A film of vitality, with imagery as haunting and romantic as it is intense."
‑ Rex Reed, New York Observer
"It's hard to take this oddball movie seriously, right down to the undisguised streetwise-American accent of Andy Garcia as the Italian Jew Amedeo Modigliani."
‑ Jami Bernard, New York Daily News
"No one expected a documentary, but serious art-history students may feel let down."
‑ Luke Y. Thompson, New Times
"Director Mick Davis shows little if any imagination in presenting the troubled genius or the remarkable Montparnasse art scene of the World War I era, and that's the real bummer."
‑ Bob Strauss, Los Angeles Daily News
"Zylberstein aside, the film rarely comes to life."
‑ Shlomo Schwartzberg, Boxoffice Magazine
"Modigliani is slow, shamefully cliched and disjointed as a cubist portrait."
‑ Lisa Rose, Newark Star-Ledger
"The best and maybe the only use to be made of the catastrophic screen biography Modigliani is to serve as a textbook outline of how not to film the life of a legendary artist."
‑ Stephen Holden, New York Times
"The real-life Modigliani did indeed live a short, tragic life, but this factually inaccurate, plodding film makes it feel twice as long."
‑ Ken Fox, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Modigliani's problems lie in its contentment with superficial clichés"
‑ Matt McKillop,
"A fantastic reminder that the only thing worse than a bad movie is a bad, pretentious movie."
‑ Phoebe Flowers, South Florida Sun-Sentinel
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