The Magic Flute
The Magic Flute (2006)

"The Magic Flute" takes place on the eve of World War I and unfolds as a young soldier waiting for the command to go to battle is transported into a twilight world between a dream and nightmare. He is sent on a deadly mission to… More

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Rated: G
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Release Date: September 7, 2006
DVD Release Date: June 10, 2013
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Critic Score: 68% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Robert Everett-Green
Globe and Mail

The results are often fascinating (I love the duet of the Armed Men, sung by a chorus of faces animated out of a wall of sandbags), sometimes ludicrous and never boring.

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Derek Elley

Opera buffs shouldn't throw away their DVDs of Ingmar Bergman's 1975 TV movie.

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Phil Hall
Film Threat

Mozart in the Branagh meat grinder.

John Terauds
Toronto Star

In the end, love triumphs. In this movie, the music triumphs, proving again that a true masterpiece can survive all kinds of meddling.

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Stephanie Zacharek

Even though there were moments in The Magic Flute when I wondered if Branagh hadn't truly gone off his rocker, I found its audacity exhilarating.

James Plath
Movie Metropolis

Like the Beatles' "Yellow Submarine," it's all about the marriage of music and images.

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Martin Hoyle
Time Out

Apart from a fascination with the hate-spitting mouth and throat of Lyubov Petrova's vocally pyrotechnic Queen of the Night, the visual gimmicks are individually tolerable. But they don't add up to anything particular.

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Matthew Turner

It never adds up to more than a curiosity for opera fans.

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John Coulbourn
Jam! Movies

It dwells quite happily somewhere in the no-man's-land between "Perfect" and "Perfectly Enjoyable."

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Flixster Audience Score: 65% Flixster User Reviews
Jim Hunter
In this adaptation of Mozart's classic opera, Tamino is fights for his love in World War I era trenches. Kenneth Brannagh, whose Shakespearean adaptations… More