The Death of Klinghoffer
The Death of Klinghoffer (2003)

The Death of Klinghoffer is a cinematic adaptation of the opera of the same name. The film concerns the infamous 1985 hijacking of the Achille Lauro, an event that brought about the death of a passenger named Leon Klinghoffer. Penny… More

Directed By:
Rated: Unrated
Running Time:
Release Date: January 24, 2003
DVD Release Date: May 2, 2005
Add Your Rating
Rotten Tomatoes™
Critic Score
User Score

Critic Score: 57% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Joshua Kosman
San Francisco Chronicle

Sellars' original staging was a stylized, almost pageant-like affair, which allowed the creators to claim descent for the piece from Bach's Passions. Without that fig leaf, the ugliness at the heart of the work ... becomes all the more apparent.

Full review…
Phil Hall
Film Threat

Jolting, imaginative adaptation of the John Adams opera, though some people may be bothered by the film's aggressive anti-Israeli political message.

Mark Athitakis

Woolcock mostly makes the film work visually -- she's excellent at the pointed close-up and frenzied camera movements.

Full review…
Merle Bertrand
Film Threat

While the opera The Death of Klinghoffer seems like a dubious enough proposition to begin with, turning that opera into a movie was just an all around bad idea.

Full review…
Arthur Lazere

Uses the film medium to amplify the sense of the historic sweep of events and the tragedy of conflict amongst peoples for a safe haven on an ever shrinking, ever more contentious planet.

More reviews for The Death of Klinghoffer