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Based on 22 Reviews
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fan reviews ( 0 )
  • 75
    Bob Graham San Francisco Chronicle

    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. show more

  • 50
    Mike Clark USA Today

    Almost by himself, Jackson transforms the film's final chapter into a serviceable view -- faint praise, perhaps, but a crumb to savor, given what has come before. [11 June 1999, Life, p. 6E] show more

  • 88
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    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. show more

  • 75
    Mark Caro Chicago Tribune

    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] show more

  • 75
    David Sterritt Christian Science Monitor

    Girard invests each episode of this production with dramatic credibility and emotional strength. show more

  • 75
    San Francisco Examiner

    Beautiful. Simply, beautiful. show more

  • 75
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    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. show more

  • 63
    Liam Lacey The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    The plot's larcenous resolution is something of a cheat, tying things up dramatically if unethically. show more

  • 50
    TV Guide

    Girard and his collaborators are so focused on the stunning tableaux that all other considerations fall by the wayside, leaving their visual achievements -- miraculous on such a small budget -- mired in the elaborate but maladroit storytelling. show more

  • 40
    Marc Savlov Austin Chronicle

    There's no denying the fact that Jackson is woefully miscast here, and as a result spends much of his time struggling to define his role as a “serious” collector of objets d'art in this muddled-though-gorgeous omnibus film. show more

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