Scarlet Diva
Scarlet Diva (2000)

Shot on digital video, this no-holds-barred, semi-autobiographical film from Italian actress/model Asia Argento presents the bleak decent of a popular actress into a haze of drugs and overindulgence. Anna Battista (Argento) has seemingly… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama, Comedy
Release Date: January 1, 2000
DVD Release Date: November 26, 2002
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Critic Score: 52% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Manohla Dargis
Los Angeles Times

It's a demented kitsch mess (although the smeary digital video does match the muddled narrative), but it's savvy about celebrity and has more guts and energy than much of what will open this year.

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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter

The film, while not exactly assured in its execution, is notable for its sheer audacity and openness.

Joe Bob Briggs
United Press International

I definitely want to watch it again. I'm not sure exactly what I saw the first time, but I loved it.

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F.X. Feeney
L.A. Weekly

This is such a dazzlingly self-assured directorial debut that it's hard to know what to praise first.

Megan Turner
New York Post

This is an egotistical endeavor from the daughter of horror director Dario Argento (a producer here), but her raw performance and utter fearlessness make it strangely magnetic.

Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness

The cinematic equivalent of scabies ... and I mean that as a compliment.

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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly

Scarlet Diva has a voyeuristic tug, but all in all it's a lot less sensational than it wants to be.

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Scott Tobias
AV Club

"Argento splatters her colorful life on the screen like an adolescent's diary, trusting others to sort through the fascinating mess."

Luke Y. Thompson
New Times

Everyone I know who owns a camcorder has made a self-confessional, semi-autobiographical piece of videotaped wankery, but Asia Argento does it better than all of them.

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Flixster Audience Score: 53% Flixster User Reviews
Nicki Marie
Fascinating, disturbing, confused. Shows the ugly side of fame - the alienation, betrayal and effects of drug abuse. This film is certainly not glamourous or… More
Dean McKenna
Really strange semi-autobiographical darkly dramatic in what sexy Asia Argento stars, directs and writes this weird film. But Asia looks bloody hot in her naked… More
Michael Gildea
Asia Argento makes my teeth sweat but this one wasn't doing too much for me.