Metascore
63

Generally favorable reviews - based on 7 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. Reviewed by: Sam Adams
    Mar 27, 2013
    83
    Gavilán’s performance bears out Parra’s advice to “hate mathematics and embrace chaos,” and falls between private and public, assurance and self-doubt.
  2. Reviewed by: Sheri Linden
    Apr 18, 2013
    80
    Francisca Gavilán's lead performance burns with a dark radiance that's anything but self-congratulatory.
  3. Reviewed by: Jeannette Catsoulis
    Mar 28, 2013
    70
    Mr. Wood has created a poignant portrait of an artist unable to escape the stamp of her class or the burdens of aging.
  4. Reviewed by: Farran Smith Nehme
    Mar 28, 2013
    63
    The biographical bits soon feel like a distraction from the music, performed by Gavilán. It’s heard often, but not often enough. Judging by the movie, Parra’s songs are fiery and haunting, sometimes sensuous, sometimes bleak. When Parra sings, the movie becomes worthwhile.
  5. Reviewed by: Michael Atkinson
    Mar 26, 2013
    60
    A rare Chilean film that doesn’t mention either the Allende or Pinochet regimes, Violeta Went to Heaven is a love letter to a lost 20th-century goddess. It’s hard to resist her.
  6. Mar 29, 2013
    50
    Suffers from an overtly conventional way of depicting the life events of an anything-but-conventional woman, a lazy flaw further highlighted by its brief moments of visual experimentation.
  7. Reviewed by: Simon Abrams
    Mar 26, 2013
    40
    By inexpertly filtering her art through her travails, Wood and Altunaga reimagine Parra's suicide as an explicable conclusion to her turbulent life.

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