Diva (1981)

This atmospheric thriller is about a young postal delivery boy, his obsession with an opera diva, the bootleg tapes he makes of her performances, and the evil hoods who chase him down, thinking he has a tape that implicates them in a crime.

Rated: R
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Release Date: March 11, 1981
DVD Release Date: October 28, 1997
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Critic Score: 98% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Beineix combines unique cinematography, an intelligent script, and a brilliant soundtrack to make Diva a stylishly memorable film.

Sid Smith
Chicago Tribune

The movie's a maelstrom of possibilities touching ethnic relations, high art, fashion and modern morality, not to mention cinema.

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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer

A light-headed, fleet-footed French caper, Jean-Jacques Beineix's ultra-stylish Diva stormed the art houses when it was released in 1982, and it's still a lot of fun now -- though its hip patina feels more quaint these days than cool.

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Cole Smithey

There's no telling how many audience members this film turned into instant opera fans.

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Ty Burr
Boston Globe

As with so many pop moments a quarter-century on, what once looked sexy now smells a little sexist.

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Leba Hertz
San Francisco Chronicle

I still loved every minute of it.

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

[An] enthusiastic celebration of consuming beautiful things because they are beautiful.

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Philip Kennicott
Washington Post

Diva, as a lifestyle, a fantasy, a model for alienation and solipsism and eccentricity, has gone deep into all of us.

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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times

Made with wit and humor, this French stunner abounds in the go-for-broke spirit of a first film made by a talented, nervy director.

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Kelly Vance
East Bay Express

A topsy-turvy wonderland of stylistic riffs and thematic threads reverberating back on themselves for the sheer, exuberant, sexy hell of it.

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Flixster Audience Score: 86% Flixster User Reviews
Jennifer D
My dad LOVED this. And it was fairly interesting. The last bit was well shot, very pretty and slightly existential.
Jonny Crumley
This was the first foreign language movie I seen. I remember as a 12 year old being captivated by the style and cinematography of the director. The story is… More
Elvira B
You won't know what hit you when, halfway through it, the feeling settles in your mind that this movie is really, really good. It's a mad French movie… More
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'Diva' Hits Too Many Wrong Notes Was I the only one paying attention to the illogical events and implausible situations that occurred in this film… More
Stephen Earnest
On one hand, 'Diva' excels as fast-paced, likably convoluted entertainment; on the other, it's a film made for those who genuinely love and have… More