The Red Violin

User Score
7.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 21 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 21
  2. Negative: 2 out of 21

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  1. 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 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 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. Expand
  2. PatC.
    Jan 5, 2004
    6
    Such good music, but believe it or not this movie is about a red wooden box with strings, not about the characters who cross its path. Don't get too attached to them.
  3. JoeA.
    May 28, 2005
    9
    Great movie. This is one I wouldn't mind watching a sequel to.
  4. EldonS.
    Oct 31, 2003
    8
    I probably enjoyed the movie more than most people because I'm a violinist. However, (and this idea came from my son, not mine originally) I think there is evidence that the true ending of the movie is not what appears on the surface, and I haven't seen any review that comes to this conclusion. See for yourself if the opposite conclusion can be drawn from very subtle clues I probably enjoyed the movie more than most people because I'm a violinist. However, (and this idea came from my son, not mine originally) I think there is evidence that the true ending of the movie is not what appears on the surface, and I haven't seen any review that comes to this conclusion. See for yourself if the opposite conclusion can be drawn from very subtle clues you're given. I'd like to know if other people detect this. Expand
  5. CivW
    Aug 18, 2005
    9
    Wonderful tale of the "life" of a exquisite musical instrument as it travels throughout the world and into the hands of some amazing characters. You must watch this movie intently so you catch the fine threads running throughout until the ending...a wry grin will appear on your face as you realize the violin's "life" is far from over! I've watched this one MANY times! Oh--and Wonderful tale of the "life" of a exquisite musical instrument as it travels throughout the world and into the hands of some amazing characters. You must watch this movie intently so you catch the fine threads running throughout until the ending...a wry grin will appear on your face as you realize the violin's "life" is far from over! I've watched this one MANY times! Oh--and the music is wonderful, too!!! Expand
  6. 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 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
  7. 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 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.
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
  1. 50
    It's almost as lame-brained as any Hollywood blockbuster, if prettier and more pretentious.
  2. 70
    It's unlikely that anyone will be bored. But it's just as unlikely that anyone will be swept off his feet either.
  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.