Callas Forever
Callas Forever (2004)

A mournful look at the last days of opera diva Maria Callas, director Franco Zeffirelli's biographical drama attempts to explore the irresistible allure of a comeback for a fallen star who hungers for the success of her past. Weathered… More

Directed By:
Rated: PG-13
Running Time:
Release Date: November 5, 2004
DVD Release Date: June 21, 2005
Add Your Rating
Rotten Tomatoes™
Critic Score
42%
Flixster
User Score
55%

Available Online



Critic Score: 42% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Olin Chism
Dallas Morning News

For Callas fans, this is a winner. For others, it should at least be interesting.

Full review…
Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press

For all the devotion Zeffirelli professes to Callas' legacy, the script reduces her to a cartoon.

Full review…
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

So appealing and ingratiating that it's hard not to be taken in by Zeffirelli's fantasy.

Full review…
Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle

The film's portrait of the singer is indelible. The story as a whole, however, doesn't hold together, primarily because the imaginary characters and situations that surround her are so inadequately sketched.

Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

Although the film will hold little appeal for non-opera buffs, its warmth trumps its clichés, odd casting and overacting.

Full review…
S. James Wegg
JWR

In his Ode to his colleague, Zeffirelli reminds us all how fragile egos can be and the lengths artists (and their producers) will go to remain in the limelight.

Full review…
Tom Long
Detroit News

A film that forgets to bring its central character to life.

Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times

A tribute to an artist that never approaches art.

John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

Zeffirelli's 'Carmen' looks more PBS than MGM, and this relative poverty helps explain why this sincere but bloodless film has taken three years to limp into theaters.

More reviews for Callas Forever

Flixster Audience Score: 55% Flixster User Reviews
jay nixon
Fanny Ardant is great in the title role, Jeremy Irons and Joan Plowright offer exemplary support.