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This production of Puccini's classic opera Tosca features Patricia Racette performing the title role, assisted by Robertro Alagna and George Gagnidze. ~ Perry Seibert, Rovi
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 65%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"You would be better off investing in the worthy EMI recording that serves as the soundtrack, or the home video of the 1992 Malfitano-Domingo production."
‑ John von Rhein, Chicago Tribune
"From the trembling fury of Gheorgiu's Tosca to the penetrating stare of Raimondi's Scarpia, this Tosca blazes with passion. At its best, it's sublime."
‑ Robert Denerstein, Denver Rocky Mountain News
"Benoit Jacquot ("School of Flesh") directs this stylistically challenging cinematic rendering of Giacomo Puccini's famous 1899 opera with an appropriately powerful performance by opera diva Angela Gheorgiu."
‑ Cole Smithey,
"If you can read the subtitles (the opera is sung in Italian) and you like 'Masterpiece Theatre' type costumes, you'll enjoy this movie."
‑ T. Hashimoto, San Francisco Examiner
"Opera on film is never satisfactory. The art demands live viewing. The innate theatrics that provide its thrills and extreme emotions lose their luster when flattened onscreen."
‑ Bridget Byrne, Boxoffice Magazine
"With three excellent principal singers, a youthful and good-looking diva and tenor and richly handsome locations, it's enough to make you wish Jacquot had left well enough alone and just filmed the opera without all these distortions of perspective."
‑ Melinda Bargreen, Seattle Times
"Jacquot's Tosca is a treat."
‑ Marta Barber, Miami Herald
"The performance is curiously cold, surprisingly artificial and removed from the very passion embedded deeply within the score and libretto."
‑ , Seattle Post-Intelligencer
"Passion, lip-synching, tragedy, and lots of really really high notes. For me, this opera isn't a favorite, so it's a long time before the fat lady sings."
‑ Cherryl Dawson and Leigh Ann Palone,
"Audiences are advised to sit near the back and squint to avoid noticing some truly egregious lip-non-synching, but otherwise the production is suitably elegant."
‑ Gregory Weinkauf, New Times
"For movie lovers as well as opera lovers, Tosca is a real treat."
‑ Steven Rosen, Denver Post
"It is impossible to imagine wanting to see Jacquot's film more than once, if that."
‑ , Boston Globe
"Definitely not a movie for everyone, but should please fans of the classic opera."
‑ Phil Villarreal, Arizona Daily Star
"The director sees the strengths of Alagna and Gheorghiu and plays them for every cinematic moment."
‑ Georgia Rowe, Contra Costa Times
"Every conceivable mistake a director could make in filming opera has been perpetrated here."
‑ David Noh, Film Journal International
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