The Red Violin (Le violon rouge)
The Red Violin (Le violon rouge) (1999)

Francois Girard's The Red Violin follows the imaginary history of a unique instrument as it passes over continents and through lives over the span of three centuries. The film was shot in five languages, in five countries, over a period… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: June 11, 1999
DVD Release Date: December 14, 1999
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Critic Score: 74% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
David Keyes

Like the immaculate instrument it follows, "The Red Violin" is a piece of filmmaking fully refined by the hands of someone who believed in the material, and the effect it leaves us with is one of transcendence.

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Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

The story lines, while having little direct connection to historical events, are obviously grounded in musical and artistic legend.

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James O'Ehley
Movie Gurus

Derided by some contrarian critics for being "safe", this is an ambitious and at times uneven epic that stretches several continents and centuries . . .

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

A surprisingly exciting and delicate epic.

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Judith Egerton
Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)

It is disconcerting to see {Jackson}...after watching his exceptional performances as crazy criminals in two Quentin Tarantino movies.

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Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

A spiritually rich and musically sublime drama about the soulful dimensions of beauty.

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S. James Wegg

François Girard ... with co-writer Don McKellar and an able cast, has spun a yarn that crosses all manner of boundaries: geographic, artistic, and taste.

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John A. Nesbit

entertains with fanciful fable and contains beautiful virtuoso violin solos (by Joshua Bell) and location shooting, but offers little substance

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Ross Anthony
Hollywood Report Card

a composition in five movements. Although the primary theme (the violin) ties all the segments together, it is but a thin string.

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Flixster Audience Score: 91% Flixster User Reviews
Jim Hunter
This is the story of a violin that starts in 1681 in Italy and ends in present-day New York. It's hard to judge a film in which the main character is a… More
Summer W.
Directors Cat
[img][/img] Samuel L Jackson is incredibly miscast in The Red Violin in a very unmemorable role… More
Red Lats
An interesting movie that follows the life of a 17th century violin through its many owners across centuries and continents, all tied together by the words of a… More
Matthew Slaven
This is a 2.5-hour episode of "Hoarders" where collectors of stuff turn into Gollum in the presence of this precious creation. I'm not judging -… More
Aaron Neuwirth
Charles Morritz: What do you do when the thing you most wanted, so perfect, just comes? A very good story that spans several centuries, telling the story of a… More