Evita

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  • Summary: Madonna stars in the riveting true-life story of Eva Peron, who rose above childhood poverty and a scandalous past to achieve unimaginable fortune and fame. (BV Entertainment)

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 23
  2. Negative: 3 out of 23
  1. Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    90
    But this Evita is not just a long, complex music video; it works and breathes like a real movie, with characters worthy of our affection and deepest suspicions.
  2. Alan Parker's big-budget adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber's surpassingly shrewd stage spectacular isn't a big fat failure. But it isn't a resounding success, either: It's an awkward hybrid, neither lavish eye candy nor credible drama.
  3. 75
    This brash, glitzy, energetic entertainment has the power to hold an audience enraptured, but, at the same time, there's a sense that what we're experiencing is just candy for the eyes and ears.
  4. Reviewed by: David Ansen
    50
    It's gorgeous. It's epic. It's spectacular. But two hours later, it also proves to be emotionally impenetrable.
  5. The movie takes no particular stance on the controversies surrounding its heroine, seen by some as a self-serving egomaniac and others as a tireless champion of the poor. Nor can much insight be gleaned from Madonna's energetic but oddly impersonal performance.
  6. Experiencing Evita is like watching one uninterrupted long-form music video divided only by different arias or costume changes (of which there are untold numbers).
  7. In what I saw, Madonna in the title role tries bravely not to buckle under the weight of Stone and Parker's sense of Stalinist monumentality and fails honorably, while the Lloyd Webber music goes on being nonmusical.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 4
  2. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. Nov 11, 2012
    9
    So long as you like Andrew Lloyd Webber, you'll love this film. Madonna (in probably her best role to date) and Antonia Banderas give greatSo long as you like Andrew Lloyd Webber, you'll love this film. Madonna (in probably her best role to date) and Antonia Banderas give great performances, and there are some epic-scale scenes. Collapse
  2. AlonsoM.
    Aug 31, 2008
    9
    Excellent music, good Madonna performance, nice edition.
  3. SeamusS.
    May 31, 2006
    6
    I give this a positive review only for the pure ambition that went into making it. At moments, it has some of the most cinematicaly moving I give this a positive review only for the pure ambition that went into making it. At moments, it has some of the most cinematicaly moving shots ever commited to film. The only problem being is that after a good hour and a half of nothing but "CRAZY" music, you really do long for some dry dialouge. Expand
  4. Steven
    Apr 11, 2007
    4
    Bad transition from a play to a film, the play was good, the movie NOT.

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