The Devil's Violinist
The Devil's Violinist (2015)

Superstar violinist David Garrett makes his acting debut as the legendary and notorious Italian violinist and composer Niccolò Paganini whose talent was so great he was called "The Devil's Violinist." Paganini is at the height… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: January 30, 2015
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Critic Score: 33% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Sheri Linden
Los Angeles Times

Though his dramatic performance is somewhat too mild, classical-pop violinist David Garrett brings an electrifying musical authenticity to the lead role in "The Devil's Violinist."

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Nick Schager
Variety

David Garrett's musical gifts far outstrip his acting chops in Bernard Rose's creaky 19th-century melodrama.

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Simon Abrams
RogerEbert.com

Beautiful and thoughtful.

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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times

Even if, like me, you're a sucker for men with tossable hair and precision eyeliner, you can't help noticing that "The Devil's Violinist" is hysterical - and possibly historical - hooey.

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Aaron Hillis
Village Voice

[Garrett's] handsome and fiddles something fierce, but his acting aptitude is more "Chopsticks" than Caprice no. 24 in A minor.

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David Noh
Film Journal International

The latest classical-music legend to have his life trashed-again-by a cheaply sensationalistic movie, this famed fiddler deserved way better.

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John Hartl
Seattle Times

Garrett, making his acting debut, isn't a strong enough presence to carry the nonmusical sequences.

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Todd Jorgenson
Cinemalogue.com

The melodramatic script includes plenty of historical liberties, but at least it doesn't take itself too seriously.

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Tasha Robinson
The Dissolve

While his story follows the Amadeus arc along meticulously precise beats, it still lacks a sense of shape, or a sense of stakes, to go with its pounding melodrama.

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Flixster Audience Score: 43% Flixster User Reviews
Panta Oz
I love Niccolò Paganini's work and I was very excited to see this movie based on the life story of the 19th-century Italian violinist and composer. Written… More