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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 22
  2. Negative: 1 out of 22
  1. 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. Reviewed by: Edvins Beitiks
    75
    Beautiful. Simply, beautiful.
  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. Wants to make a grand statement about the mystical power (both celestial and demonic) of great music. But give or take some scattered musical moments, the frame in which that message is couched is too kitschy to let that vision catch fire.
  5. 60
    Audaciously conceived, yet at times curiously flat, at others incongruously prosaic in its emotional tone.
  6. Reviewed by: David Stratton
    50
    Fails on a number of counts, mostly because the individual stories aren't very gripping.
  7. 30
    The style of the movie veers unsuccessfully between humorless piety and opéra-bouffe clownishness.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6
  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 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. 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 Expand

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