The Music Lovers
The Music Lovers (1971)

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky is given the Ken Russell treatment in The Music Lovers, which means that there is plenty of music, plenty of passion, plenty of debauchery, and plenty of excess. Tame by Russell's later standards (Lisztomania),… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: January 1, 1971
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Critic Score: 73% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Nicolas Rapold
Village Voice

Whole stretches of images seem pushed and pulled along before our eyes by projected desires and anxieties.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Chamberlain gives a surprisingly good performance.

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Fernando F. Croce

The picture all too readily settles for the prototype of Russell's anguished-artist aberrations, with the crassness of his formative BBC biopics magnified into gargantuan flailing.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

Totally irresponsible as a film about, or inspired by, or parallel to, or bearing a vague resemblance to, Tchaikovsky, his life and times. It is not, however, a complete failure.

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Emanuel Levy

Ken Russell's biopic of the legendary composer is distorted and excessive, but it's worth seeing.

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Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Russell did something with this biopic about a composer that no one had done to this degree (and rarely at all): He let the music shape and drive the film itself.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

This Ken Russell fantasia-musical biography as wet dream-hangs together more successfully than his other similar efforts, thanks largely to a powerhouse performance by Glenda Jackson, one actress who can hold her own against Russell's excess.

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Philip Kemp
Total Film

It's unashamedly vulgar and, if you switch off critical filters, enormous fun.

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Stephen M
Two quotes, two different films from 1971, the same critic: Alexander Walker, late of the London <I>Evening Standard</I>. 1) <I>"I think… More
jay nixon
Florid and excessive which is standard for Russell's films. The music of course is brilliant.