Modigliani (2004)

Set in Paris in 1919, biopic centers on the life of late Italian artist Amedeo Modigliani, focusing on his last days as well as his rivalry with Pablo Picasso. Modigliani, a Jew, has fallen in love with Jeanne, a young and beautiful… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: September 24, 2004
DVD Release Date: September 27, 2005
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Consensus: Nearly everyone is miscast in this disjointed and slow-moving portrait of Italian artist Amedeo Modigliani.

Raven Snook
Time Out

Instead of trying to provide insight into this genius's debilitating madness, Davis prefers to wallow in incoherent and clichéd misery, punctuated by poetically oblique imagery.

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Kyle Smith
New York Post

Thanks to writer-director Mick Davis, the film, like its subject, dies young.

Jeffrey Gantz
Boston Phoenix

Just another artistic sacrifice to life's ironies, cruelties, and bad filmmakers.

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Rex Reed
New York Observer

A film of vitality, with imagery as haunting and romantic as it is intense.

Jami Bernard
New York Daily News

It's hard to take this oddball movie seriously, right down to the undisguised streetwise-American accent of Andy Garcia as the Italian Jew Amedeo Modigliani.

Luke Y. Thompson
New Times

No one expected a documentary, but serious art-history students may feel let down.

Lisa Rose
Newark Star-Ledger

Modigliani is slow, shamefully cliched and disjointed as a cubist portrait.

Stephen Holden
New York Times

The best and maybe the only use to be made of the catastrophic screen biography Modigliani is to serve as a textbook outline of how not to film the life of a legendary artist.

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Ken Fox
TV Guide

The real-life Modigliani did indeed live a short, tragic life, but this factually inaccurate, plodding film makes it feel twice as long.

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