Amadeus (1984)

For this film adaptation of Peter Shaffer's Broadway hit, director Milos Forman returned to the city of Prague that he'd left behind during the Czech political crises of 1968, bringing along his usual cinematographer and fellow… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: September 6, 1984
DVD Release Date: December 16, 1997
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Critic Score: 95% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A lavish, entertaining, powerful film about the life and influence, both positive and negative, of one of Western culture's great artists.

Trevor Johnston
Time Out

Sheer craftsmanship is the film's key strength.

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Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune

The subject of artistic creation is typically handled badly in the movies.... [Amadeus] treats the subject of creativity in a fresh way.

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

One of the best American films of the 1980s.

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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News

The performance of Abraham, who won the Best Actor Oscar for it, is monumental, and so is Forman's direction.

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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine

A grand movie entertainment.

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Gilbert Adair
Monthly Film Bulletin

What Amadeus presents us with is an unexpected and strangely moving spectacle: a Roadrunner cartoon in which Wily Coyote... ends at last by stopping his fleet-footed foe dead in his tracks.

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Tasha Robinson
AV Club

Forman's tormented, iconoclastic subjects are often pitted against iconic or impersonal antagonists, but Amadeus' conflict remains rivetingly intimate, in spite of its sumptuous, larger-than-life settings.

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Todd McCarthy

On a production level and as an evocation of a time and place, Amadeus is loaded with pleasures.

Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs

The look of the film is absolutely gorgeous.

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Flixster Audience Score: 95% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalhães
Impeccably directed, with a wonderful art direction, an outstanding cinematography and an unforgettable performance by Abraham as the envious Salieri - the true… More
Thomas Bowler
By bouts hilariously witty, nerve-wrackingly tense and profoundly moving, all the while beautifully shot and thoughtfully put together. An astounding… More
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Christian C
Who doesn't love this film? The costumes and locations alone are a feast for the eyes. (Of course, the historical accuracy is close to zero, but I still… More
Daniel Mumby
When I reviewed A Royal Affair last year, I spoke about the two big challenges that any period or costume drama has to overcome. One is the reputation of the… More
Adriel Lim
Fantastic! Every second is a delight of visuals, brilliant production value, exalting character and of course, the wonders of great music, a whole new way to… More