Mixed or average reviews - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 14
  2. Negative: 1 out of 14
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  1. A seductive revisiting of an old classic - one that helps us see these lovers and their world with renewed passion.
  2. Totally captivating, as seductive as a samba.
  3. 75
    It's the slum, the favela, that emerges as Orfeu's most compelling character -- criminally poor yet rich in life.
  4. Reviewed by: Staff [not credited]
    A heady, sometimes blurry combination of fable, legend, and social-political commentary.
  5. 70
    For audiences new to this type of moon-mad magical realism and unembarrassed romanticism, Orfeu can spellbind.
  6. Finds a sprawling, vivid middle ground somewhere between documentary and myth.
  7. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    Dazzlingly colorful.
  8. While the film is technically polished and visually breathtaking, it lacks depth and becomes little more than a lawless fairy tale packed with pretty people.
  9. A film one watches at an emotional remove, but from that distance there are sights and moments to appreciate.
  10. I'm not sure how much has been gained in the updating.
  11. 50
    Unfortunately, the innovations that attend this updating dilute the iconic weight of the original.
  12. 50
    Fails to deliver the dramatic punch.
  13. All in all, though, this Brazilian import is a small curiosity, intriguing more for its failures than its accomplishments.
  14. 20
    Hovers between mythic poetry and earthbound grit; the result is an inert, drably florid spectacle.

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