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  • Summary: A romantic portrait of Alma Mahler, an extraordinary woman who inspired, bedeviled and captivated the artistic geniuses of her age. (Paramount Classics)
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 26
  2. Negative: 10 out of 26
  1. It's a movie of elegant surfaces, great background music (by both the Mahlers), gossipy underpinnings and pretensions to romantic grandeur.
  2. Stiff but handsome film, there's little sense of the conflict and complexities that drove Alma Mahler.
  3. Beresford, can't bring this saga to life because Alma herself never fully comes to life; her contradictoriness, like the way she embraces Mahler only to rail against his "Jewish music," doesn't add up to a whole and complex human being.
  4. Stuffing painters, writers and, naturally, Gustav Mahler (Jonathan Pryce) into about 90 minutes, the film comes off as little more than a handsomely mounted scorecard of sexual escapades.
  5. 30
    Moviegoers might have preferred a little more care with the characters. As it is, Alma comes off not as a courageous trailblazer but as an indiscriminate adventuress.
  6. 12
    The movie has three tones: overwrought, boring, laughable.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1

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