A revolutionary life has rarely felt less edgy, or the biography of an iconoclast more bourgeois.
Lisa Schwarzbaum - Entertainment Weekly
The further it strays from sober naturalism, the better Frida is.
A.O. Scott - New York Times
- Guardian [UK]
This is undoubtedly the strongest performance of [Hayek's] career, and her passion for the project is palpable.
Claudia Puig - USA Today
The movie is amazingly flat for a film about Kahlo.
Desson Thomson - Washington Post
Stephen Hunter - Washington Post
Frida is intended to spread the word that Kahlo, a surrealist of surpassing self-investigation, was a firebrand and a legend. So why tell her story like a runny soap opera?
Wesley Morris - Boston Globe
The impressionist model might have served Taymor better than her Frida's straightforward script, which is ultimately overwhelmed with incident and suggests the labor of many hands.
J. Hoberman - Village Voice
Joe Morgenstern - Wall Street Journal
As a kind of colorful, dramatized PBS program, Frida gets the job done. But, for that, why not watch a documentary?
Eric Harrison - Houston Chronicle
Like the artists it celebrates, Frida is audacious and haunting.
Philip Wuntch - Dallas Morning News
[The screenplay's] flatness ultimately defeats a film that's always a treat to look at.
Steven Rosen - Denver Post
Sometimes we feel as if the film careens from one colorful event to another without respite, but sometimes it must have seemed to Frida Kahlo as if her life did, too.
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
A movie that seizes you up, catches fire and dances.
Michael Wilmington - Chicago Tribune
A dynamic portrait of an artist by an artist, one as wry, audacious and erotically charged as its flamboyant subject.
Carrie Rickey - Philadelphia Inquirer
Jeff Strickler - Minneapolis Star Tribune
Passionate, provocative, hilarious, tragic and just dizzyingly beautiful to behold.
Susan Stark - Detroit News
Taymor, the creative mind behind Broadway's The Lion King, fills Frida with brilliant, surreal flourishes...a rich, funny and sometimes erotic film about an inspiring and influential figure in 20th-century art.
Bill Muller - Arizona Republic
Ms. Taymor gets magnificent performances from Ms. Hayek as Frida and Alfred Molina as the oversexed Diego Rivera.
Andrew Sarris - New York Observer
The greatest movie about an artist since Vincente Minnelli grafted the psychological turmoil of Vincent Van Gogh onto the screen in Lust for Life.
Rex Reed - New York Observer
Bringing a fiery warmth and accessibility to the central role, [Hayek] proves a good match for the artist as she depicts Kahlo's indomitable will to live, love and paint.
Deborah Young - Variety
Brilliantly captures the brightness of the light, the intensity of the colors and the omnipresence of Mexican motifs that informed Kahlo's art.
Jonathan Foreman - New York Post
A few sublime and moving moments interrupting an otherwise pedestrian movie biography.
Roger Moore - Orlando Sentinel
The movie should more properly have been called Frida And Diego, but there's no denying Hayek's incendiary performance, which Taymor fires up with surrealistic flourishes straight out of Kahlo's dreams and nightmares.
Peter Howell - Toronto Star
A biopic of an artist that actually looks artistic.
Rick Groen - Globe and Mail
Taymor's movie version of Kahlo's life, Frida, makes the artist seem more like a human being and less like a craft-fair novelty than she has in years.
Stephanie Zacharek - Salon.com
It's just disappointingly superficial -- a movie that has all the elements necessary to be a fascinating, involving character study, but never does more than scratch the surface.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
The film somehow misses the mark, having made rather tidy a messy and brutally painful life.
Kirk Honeycutt - Hollywood Reporter
Hamstrung by a script that seems determined to stop at all the big moments in Frida's life without giving anything time to resonate.
Peter Travers - Rolling Stone
Meticulously mounted, exasperatingly well-behaved film, which ticks off Kahlo's lifetime milestones with the dutiful precision of a tax accountant.
Manohla Dargis - Los Angeles Times
a pity that the project paints by the numbers so much
John A. Nesbit - Old School Reviews
Sporting mustcahe, Selma Hayek gives a solid performance in the otherwise conventionl and mediocre biopic of the noted Spnish artist.
Emanuel Levy - EmanuelLevy.Com
Graphic biopic of artist Frida Kahlo.
David Gurney - Common Sense Media
Taymor conveys in imaginative cinematic fashion how for Frida, creating art and living were one and the same.
Michael Dequina - TheMovieReport.com
Actress Salma Hayek portrays the famed Mexican surrealist painter in a biopic that neither mythologizes nor decries the artist's accomplishments on or beyond the canvas.
Todd Gilchrist - IGN Movies
Taymor brings all of her artist's compassion to bear on a subject that deserves it.
Rob Gonsalves - eFilmCritic.com
David Ansen - Newsweek
Salma Hayek earned an Oscar nomination for her fierce, passionate portrayal of the famous, iconic Mexican painter.
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Combustible Celluloid
[A]s in soap opera, drama is synonymous with the torments of love. Hayek is a brave, tireless performer, ... but given the script she can only play Kahlo the "beguiling personality" she liked to think of herself as ... rather than Kahlo the artist.
Alan Dale - Blogcritics.org
- Time Out
- Film Threat
Scott Nash - Three Movie Buffs
Frida boasts a small galaxy of charismatic stars orbiting two appealing actors in the juiciest roles of their careers.
Jeffrey Overstreet - Looking Closer
Tony Medley - tonymedley.com
While this conventional bio-pic may please middle brow audiences, fans of Ms. Taymor are almost certain to realize that the film could have been so much more than this.
Dan Jardine - Apollo Guide
While Hayek's portrayal is appealing and sincere, it's a shade too adoring. She doesn't convey the excruciating pain that besieged Kahlo.
Judith Egerton - Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)
Disappointingly conventional, particularly given Taymor's past work on stage and screen.
Dan Jardine - Cinemania
A glossy, paint-by-numbers portrait best hung in a bank lobby. Taymor seems to forget that what defined Kahlo's artistic output was the terrible pain she endured...
Thomas Delapa - Boulder Weekly
Christopher Tookey - Daily Mail [UK]
A blase etching of a fraught relationship, largely ignoring the social and political influences on Frida's art.
Brian Gibson - Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Louis Proyect - rec.arts.movies.reviews
...it's the performances that elevate Frida to more than just movie-of-the-week fodder.
David Nusair - Reel Film Reviews
Salma Hayek brilha em alguns momentos e fracassa ridiculamente em outros. A direcao de arte e os efeitos sao interessantes, mas o roteiro nao contribui. Destaque para Molina.
Pablo Villaca - Cinema em Cena
A maddeningly vague biography, Frida is all the worse for starting off with such narrative promise and visual pizzazz before degenerating into boring, episodic misery.
Nick Rogers - State Journal-Register (Springfield, IL)
Jim Shelby - Palo Alto Weekly
. . .a feast for the senses, the mind, and the soul.
Andrea Chase - Killer Movie Reviews
Not bad, not great -- fine, I suppose.
Ian Waldron-Mantgani - UK Critic
Should be a fascinating story, but, oddly enough, it is not compelling.
Robert Roten - Laramie Movie Scope
Una pelicula que produce sensaciones contradictorias.
Enrique Buchichio - Uruguay Total
- Sydney Morning Herald
With splendid supporting turns from the likes of Ashley Judd, Edward Norton, and Geoffrey Rush, and some terrific set pieces, Taymor brings Kahlo's art to life.
Glenn Kenny - Premiere Magazine
- Empire Magazine
Alexander Walker - This is London
Matthew Turner - ViewLondon
Less worrying about covering all the drama in Frida's life and more time spent exploring her process of turning pain into art would have made this a superior movie.
Jeffrey Chen - Window to the Movies
While Frida is no masterpiece, it's nevertheless worth the price of admission to see Hayek master her craft.
Stella Papamichael - BBC
Doris Toumarkine - Hollywood.com
Biography of famed painter Frida Kahlo has gorgeous visuals and a slightly hollow heart.
James Rocchi - Netflix
...Aptly honors one of the most interesting and tragic love stories in the history of art.
John R. McEwen - Film Quips Online
Rich Cline - Shadows on the Wall
La de Salma es una version de Frida superficial, preciosista y sin ningun contenido.
Jorge Avila Andrade - Moviola
Through Taymor's telling of Kahlo's story, we emerge focusing not on pain, but on our vast and endlessly colorful potential. Brava.
Gregory Weinkauf - New Times
Frida would not exist without Hayek, and the sad irony is it would be so much better without her.
Jeffrey Westhoff - Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
A vibrantly coloured and at times richly creative bio-pic about the surrealist painter Frida Kahlo ...is as much about her volatile relationship with her mentor and husband Diego Rivera as it is about her painting.
Urban Cinefile Critics - Urban Cinefile
A biopic of an intense visual artist like Frida Kahlo could only be directed by a woman such as Julie Taymor, whose prior stage & screen work is so visual as to be iconic.
Karina Montgomery - Cinerina
Almost ruined by the fact that Julie Taymor is more fascinated by Julie Taymor than by Frida Kahlo.
Jimmy O - Film Snobs
... its many grand artistic touches introduced throughout can't compensate for the libertine spirit that's missing in telling Frida's story.
Dennis Schwartz - Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Frida is a singular icon in art history. It's a pity that what we got was a film about her marriage and not her trailblazing life as an artist.
Nathaniel Rogers - Film Experience
Favors us with plenty of color, a feast of eye candy. As food for the soul, however... there are always her paintings.
Tim Merrill - Film Threat
Mark R. Leeper - rec.arts.movies.reviews
With the help of Hayek and Molina's multifaceted performances, Frida is as much about the nature of art as it is about the condition of the artist.
Mark Palermo - Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
Taymor's triumph is that her film, despite its distance from us in some ways, is pertinent and enthralling.
Stanley Kauffmann - New Republic
Stanley Kauffmann - The New Republic
There are moments in this account of the life of artist Frida Kahlo that are among cinema's finest this year. Unfortunately, they're sandwiched in between the most impossibly dry account of Kahlo's life imaginable.
Ken Hanke - Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
An enjoyable excursion...even if it lacks the je ne sais quoi that made Kahlo such an original.
Gabriel Shanks - Mixed Reviews
Frida vive y pinta de colores la pantalla!
Luis Martinez - Cinenganos
Nicely acted and painted with an energetic pace; "Frida" is mostly a love story with a backdrop of art and politics.
Ross Anthony - Hollywood Report Card
Director Julie Taymor and the film's many writers do not paint the Mexican painter as a martyr. "Frida " is a story about a woman who loved life, partied hard and enjoyed her own indiscretions.
Beth Jones - Roanoke Times (Virginia)
Frida is a beautiful film with terrific acting and a touching story (which means it probably won't make much money).
Danny Minton - KBTV-NBC (Beaumont, TX)
The art direction and special effects are remarkable throughout, and in a number of scenes paintings and real-life blend seamlessly. . . . Frida may not be the ultimate artist biography, but it is art in its own right.
Forrest Hartman - Reno Gazette-Journal
Brian Orndorf - Modamag.com
- Boston Phoenix
Frida has the heightened emotion and color of artist-bio classics...but not the consistency..taking great artistic risks that range anywhere from jaw-ajar triumphant to comic schlock.
Anita Schmaltz - Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
David Edelstein - NPR's Fresh Air
Emily Blunt - Blunt Review
Taymor ... dips into Frida's imagination intriguingly.
Lawrence Toppman - Charlotte Observer
You know it's a problem when the subject of a biopic didn't lead a very interesting life.
Eugene Novikov - Film Blather
The canonization of St Frida informs and diminishes the movie.
Jeet Thayil - Rediff.com
A rigorously competent but rarely compelling film that distills the flamboyantly unconventional life of Mexican artist Frida Kahlo (1907-54) into a respectfully conventional, Hollywood-style biographical drama.
Joe Leydon - San Francisco Examiner
Just as in Kahlo's life, Rivera is the commanding centrifugal force of Taymor's film, and remains the best reason to sit through the otherwise uneven, mildly captivating Frida.
Nick Schager - Matinee Magazine
Bursting with a bitterness tinged with joy and humor, like Frida Kahlo's work itself.
MaryAnn Johanson - Flick Filosopher
It's a competent and nicely designed biopic that for all of the director's attempts to link surrealist film imagery with Hayek's depiction of Kahlo somehow manages to be generally lackluster.
Marc Savlov - Austin Chronicle
Since Taymor shows flashes of brilliance, it's a pity that the project paints by the numbers so much.
John A. Nesbit - ToxicUniverse.com
Beautifully put together and lovely to watch.
Jean Lowerison - San Diego Metropolitan
Frida's artistic brilliance is undeniable -- it's among the most breathtakingly designed films I've ever seen.
Jack Garner - Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
If Frida doesn't tell us anything that we don't already know, it does dramatize Kahlo's life with a fiery, soulful beauty.
Rene Rodriguez - Miami Herald
No matter what happens to Hayek from this point on, she leaves us Frida.
Terry Lawson - Detroit Free Press
Great job, Salma. You have brought Frida Kahlo to the masses. And you have presented her in primer form, as honestly, reverently and boldly as you could.
Laura Kelly - South Florida Sun-Sentinel
While the character development here is sketchy at best, Hayek is both convincing and magnetic as Kahlo, and makes the film watchable.
Jeff Vice - Deseret News, Salt Lake City
An instance of filmmakers being so inspired by the life and achievement of an artist (or, in this case, a pair of artists) that they transcend genre to create something invigorating.
Shawn Levy - Oregonian
Why do the movies always turn the lives of fascinating, complex artists into the same old boring story?
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul) - St. Paul Pioneer Press
Visually engrossing, seldom hammy, honorably Mexican and burns its Kahlories with conviction.
David Elliott - San Diego Union-Tribune
Frida isn't that much different from many a Hollywood romance. What sets it apart is the vision that Taymor, the avant garde director of Broadway's The Lion King and the film Titus, brings.
Robert W. Butler - Kansas City Star
At its best, this is grand-scale moviemaking for a larger-than-life figure, an artist who has been awarded mythic status in contemporary culture.
Robert Denerstein - Denver Rocky Mountain News
It's a film to watch and love. And no one will love this one more than Hayek, who can start shopping for her awards-night gown.
Phil Villarreal - Arizona Daily Star
A sterling performance by Hayek, who exhibits an insatiable artistic curiosity the script barely stoops to explain.
Steve Schneider - Orlando Weekly
Its essence seems to be genuinely suggestive of an artist whose canvas was her life and vice versa.
Duane Dudek - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
...your standard, safe biographical checklist, right down to Salma Hayek's committed and reverent performance in the title role.
Josh Larsen - Sun Publications (Chicago, IL)
"Frida" is a good film that has some brilliant moments of artistry throughout.
Robin Clifford - Reeling Reviews
It blazes with life and glistens with Taymor's daring theatrical and surrealistic touches.
Jim Lane - Sacramento News & Review
gorgeous to look at but emotionally flat
Laura Clifford - Reeling Reviews
[Hayek] doesn't just act Frida, she inhabits her.
Eleanor Ringel Gillespie - Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Cynthia Fuchs - Nitrate Online
You can admire the energy and dedication that went into making Frida without really liking it. It's really just a TV movie level biopic that makes a mad dash through painter Frida Kahlo's life.
D.K. Holm - DVDTalk.com
- St. Louis Post-Dispatch
The film does justice to Kahlo's life and work with a style that would've made Frida herself proud.
Paul Salfen - Supercala.com
A domestic melodrama with weak dialogue and biopic cliches.
Edward Guthmann - San Francisco Chronicle
[Taymor] utilizes the idea of making Kahlo's art a living, breathing part of the movie, often catapulting the artist into her own work. This isn't a new idea. It's been done before but never so vividly or with so much passion.
Joe Baltake - Sacramento Bee
The film has a terrific look and Salma Hayek has a feel for the character at all stages of her life.
Cherryl Dawson and Leigh Ann Palone - TheMovieChicks.com
Oddly enough, there's not enough about Frida, but it's still a well-acted and great looking film.
John Venable - Supercala.com
Not perfect, but certainly intriguing and engaging.
Jim Judy - Screen It!
After eight years in the making, Frida is a thrilling collaboration about two painters that has produced great art in a new medium.
Bruce Kirkland - Jam! Movies
It's enough to make you scurry off to find a book about Frida Kahlo -- which is, perhaps, the ultimate compliment for a film biography.
Moira MacDonald - Seattle Times
Frida is picturesque and eventful, but never quite shakes the feeling that everyone is playing dress-up.
Gary Thompson - Philadelphia Daily News
... a nicely lurid soap opera, which has the twist of being based on a true story. But the Oscar buzz about it just isn't warranted.
Steve Rhodes - Internet Reviews
Compelling, adult, sexy and fiercely stylized.
Glenn Lovell - San Jose Mercury News
Salma goes native and she's never been better in this colorful bio-pic of a Mexican icon.
Boo Allen - Denton Record Chronicle (TX)
[Hayek] throws herself into this dream Hispanic role with a teeth-clenching gusto, she strikes a potent chemistry with Molina and she gradually makes us believe she is Kahlo.
William Arnold - Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Frida is a film that celebrates but never sugarcoats the hard but exciting life of a brave artist.
Richard Roeper - Ebert & Roeper
...you can be forgiven for realizing that you've spent the past 20 minutes looking at your watch and waiting for Frida to just die already.
Sean Burns - Philadelphia Weekly
Susan Granger - www.susangranger.com
The film works as an engaging, well-constructed portrait of the indomitability of the human spirit, yet Kahlo's work seems incidental to her life, and ergo her life incidental to us.
Brent Simon - Entertainment Today
Doesn't hang together as a love story, but connects as a portrait of one woman's strength and determination in the face of daunting odds.
Marshall Fine - Journal News (Westchester, NY)
Much of Frida is impressive and striking, flavored by Taymor's undeniable visual skill, but her efforts are rather stymied by a pedestrian script.
David Noh - Film Journal International
Surreal images are the high point of an otherwise conventional biopic.
Harvey S. Karten - Compuserve
I doubt if the results would have satisfied Kahlo, whose originality in matters of life, art, and ideas was vastly more far-reaching.
David Sterritt - Christian Science Monitor
Vividly conveys the passion, creativity, and fearlessness of one of Mexico's most colorful and controversial artists -- a captivating drama that will speak to the nonconformist in us all.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat - Spirituality and Practice
Using her exceptional talent for creating stunning images, director Julie Taymor has put together a cinematic experience with the power to match Frida Kahlo's colorful life.
Betty Jo Tucker - ReelTalk Movie Reviews
There's plenty of eye candy in this biopic of the troubled Mexican painter.
- E! Online
Frida is very much Taymor's film, signaling ... the arrival of a genuine cinematic stylist.
Glenn Whipp - Los Angeles Daily News
...fuses the events of her life with the imagery in her paintings so vividly that the artist's work may take on a striking new significance for anyone who sees the film.
Rob Blackwelder - SPLICEDWire
Frida not only recounts the story of one of the 20th century's most acclaimed artists, it offers viewers the rare experience of feeling her inspiration as well.
Mary Kalin-Casey - Reel.com
...a superbly crafted film.
Tony Toscano - Talking Pictures (U.S.)
Certainly beautiful to look at, but its not very informative about its titular character and no more challenging than your average television biopic.
Erik Childress - eFilmCritic.com
There's something oddly moving about the film purely as a love story between two people who were more alike than was good for them, yet somehow stuck it out.
Ella Taylor - L.A. Weekly
An old-fashioned, Hollywoodish biopic, oddly unimaginative in everything but its visuals.
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
It's a solid introduction to the cult of Kahlo, devoting almost as much screen time to her work as to her affairs, tantrums and betrayals by Rivera, doctors and her own treacherous flesh.
Maitland McDonagh - TV Guide's Movie Guide
Hayek is stunning as Frida and...a star-making project.
Victoria Alexander - FilmsInReview.com
Frida is certainly no disaster, but neither is it the Kahlo movie Frida fans have been looking for.
John Anderson - Newsday
A magical-realist biopic full of real-life pain, passion and love.
Ephraim Mallery - Citysearch
Though Frida is easier to swallow than Julie Taymor's preposterous Titus, the eye candy here lacks considerable brio.
Ed Gonzalez - Slant Magazine
A technical triumph and an extraordinary bore.
Walter Chaw - Film Freak Central
Frida may not be as audacious as Julie Taymor's directorial debut Titus, but the film displays some real visual flair.
Aaron Lazenby - Filmcritic.com
While most of the brief celebrity cameos are flatly portrayed, both Hayek and Molina do great jobs in their roles, though the film lacks the strong lead performance of, say, an Ed Harris in Pollock.
Jon Popick - Planet Sick-Boy
Provides a magnificent greatest-hits compilation of scenes from the life of the artist, but fails to invest them with sufficient meaning.
Catharine Tunnacliffe - eye WEEKLY
Frida is not a very good movie, but because of Taymor and the work of a lot of great actors, it is still a must-see for movie lovers.
David Poland - Hot Button
Though Frida offers only what feels like a surface level recap of its subject's life, and as a result feels rather light on substance, Taymor ensures that it has style to burn.
Jeremy Heilman - MovieMartyr.com
Star/producer Salma Hayek and director Julie Taymor have infused Frida with a visual style unique and inherent to the titular character's paintings and in the process created a masterful work of art of their own.
Annlee Ellingson - Boxoffice Magazine