Farinelli (1994)

This lavishly produced European costume melodrama chronicles the life of Farinelli the 18th century's most renowned castrati singer whose remarkable voice covered 3 1/2 octaves. He could also sing a continuous series of 250 notes and… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: December 7, 1994
DVD Release Date: August 22, 2000
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Critic Score: 64% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times

Artistry abounds in every aspect of the film.

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Hal Hinson
Washington Post

Because Carlo Broschi, the 18th-century castrato singer known as Farinelli, was himself such an exotic and sensationalistic figure, you'd think that creating a dull movie out of his flamboyant life would be next to impossible. Think again.

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Emanuel Levy

This Oscar-nominated Belgian entry about catsration of boys who became phenomenal soprano opera singers is more bizarre than drmatically engaging, but the story is always fascinating and the movie nice to look at and listent to.

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Desson Thomson
Washington Post

There's something too artificial and highfalutin about the movie.

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Edward Guthmann
San Francisco Chronicle

Glossy and histrionic, salacious and empty, Farinelli reduces a fascinating story to a series of hissy fits and leering glances.

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Gabriel Shanks
Mixed Reviews

Romantic, sweeping tale of sex and sibling rivalry that manages to connect despite its overwrought storytelling.

James Berardinelli

A fascinating, if occasionally overly melodramatic, recreation of a period when Baroque music ruled Europe.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

Farinelli, one of the 1995 Oscar nominees in the foreign film category, is onto an interesting story, all right, but it leaves us feeling, like some of Farinelli's lovers, that something is missing.

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Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

Stops you in your tracks and transports you to a phantasmagorical world where music, mystery and magic hold sway.

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Flixster Audience Score: 82% Flixster User Reviews
Kylie B
Beautiful, lush, sumptuous...all words that can be used to describe various aspects of this film. My only issue would be that the love between Farinelli and the… More
Pierluigi Puccini
The colourful and uninhibited life of "il castrato" Farinelli and his brother Riccardo Broschi, two men who shared their music and their women. An… More