The Red Violin

Metascore
57

Mixed or average reviews - based on 22 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 22
  2. Negative: 1 out of 22

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Critic Reviews

  1. Los Angeles Times
    Reviewed by: Eric Harrison
    90
    While it's possible to view this movie like a short-story collection, putting check marks beside the selections one likes best, to do so would deny the pleasure of experiencing this beautifully crafted, intricately designed story the way it was intended, as an organic whole. [11 June 1999, Calendar, p.F-8]
  2. 88
    There really is a little something here for everyone: music and culture, politics and passion, crime and intrigue, history and even the backstage intrigue of the auction business.
  3. Some will say this film is overly ambitious, but what the hell. The man put five years of his life into making this epic mystery. We can surely give it two hours of ours.
  4. 75
    The ensemble cast is diverse and accomplished, but, because of the time constraints, no one has enough time to register much of a positive or negative impression.
  5. Girard invests each episode of this production with dramatic credibility and emotional strength.
  6. Chicago Tribune
    Reviewed by: Mark Caro
    75
    Although not all of the movements are fleshed out to their full potential, The Red Violin still attains a certain symphonic grandeur that -- at a time when so many filmmakers are churning out cinematic ditties -- deserves to be applauded. [18 June 1999, Friday, p.A]
  7. 70
    It's unlikely that anyone will be bored. But it's just as unlikely that anyone will be swept off his feet either.
  8. 70
    As pleasant stimulation for the eye and ear, it's two hours of sumptuousness, but anyone looking for more won't find it here.
  9. The plot's larcenous resolution is something of a cheat, tying things up dramatically if unethically.
User Score
7.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 22 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. Nov 29, 2015
    10
    I thought this was a novel approach to a movie, to see the lives of the owners of a musical instrument over the centuries. I was amazed atI thought this was a novel approach to a movie, to see the lives of the owners of a musical instrument over the centuries. I was amazed at the critics low score. Maybe showing the many owners made the movie too choppy and didn't allow for a more in depth look at each. But then the movie would have been 4 hours long. I don't have many DVDs but this one is in my collection. Full Review »
  2. Jun 8, 2014
    4
    This movie may no doubt be spectacular to violin fanatics or those who can appreciate extensive periods of violin solos, but for the averageThis movie may no doubt be spectacular to violin fanatics or those who can appreciate extensive periods of violin solos, but for the average viewer these moments are too numerous and repetitive and frankly boring. The ending is also poor, but overall (despite overdoing the musical scenes) it is a watchable movie. Could have been shorter though. 4/10 Full Review »
  3. AaronP.
    Jun 10, 2007
    9
    I'm not sure why the critics of this movie don't like a story about a violin, and want it to be rewritten as a story about love and I'm not sure why the critics of this movie don't like a story about a violin, and want it to be rewritten as a story about love and romance. This is a perfect instrument, born from the passion of a master craftsman and the blood of his sacrifice. People possess and lose it in the course of their lives, marking them and marking the violin. If you want action, adventure, and witty dialogue, go watch SpiderMan...if you want a Buddhist-like story of transcendence and meaning, this movie might be for you. Full Review »