'Amadeus' Critic Reviews

79%
MovieWeb:   1 reviews
96%
Rotten Tomatoes:   76 reviews
  • Vincent Canby New York Times (Top Critic)
    80
    As Mozart, Tom Hulce, though extremely American in looks and voice, gets better and better as the drama progresses.
    Full Review » 12 years ago
  • Peter Bradshaw Guardian [UK] (Top Critic)
    100
    [A] grandiose masterpiece.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Philip French Guardian [UK] (Top Critic)
    A visual and aural treat.
    Full Review » 12 years ago
  • Philip Wuntch Dallas Morning News (Top Critic)
    84
    Remains a beautiful, deftly directed and superbly acted version of a witty and poignant drama.
    Full Review » 13 years ago
  • Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times (Top Critic)
    100
    In a film of grand gestures, some of the finest moments are very subtle.
    Full Review » 13 years ago
  • Gene Siskel Chicago Tribune (Top Critic)
    88
    The subject of artistic creation is typically handled badly in the movies.... [Amadeus] treats the subject of creativity in a fresh way.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Chicago Tribune (Top Critic)
    100
    Reminds us that movies can be lyrical as well as vulgar, ambitious as well as playful, brilliant as well as down and dirty -- just like Amadeus himself.
    Full Review » 12 years ago
  • Michael Wilmington Chicago Tribune (Top Critic)
    100
    Reminds us that movies can be lyrical as well as vulgar, ambitious as well as playful, brilliant as well as down and dirty -- just like Amadeus himself.
    Full Review » 12 years ago
  • Dave Kehr Chicago Reader (Top Critic)
    Peter Shaffer's shrewdly orchestrated cultural evening gets a steady, dignified, moderately dull treatment from Milos Forman.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Todd McCarthy Variety (Top Critic)
    On a production level and as an evocation of a time and place, Amadeus is loaded with pleasures.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Peter Howell Toronto Star (Top Critic)
    80
    Like the composers the film so wondrously depicts, Amadeus: Director's Cut is a divine work in need of a little earthly restraint.
    Full Review » 13 years ago
  • Liam Lacey Globe and Mail (Top Critic)
    75
    The principal additions ... are more Amadeus, but not better.
    Full Review » 13 years ago
  • James Berardinelli ReelViews (Top Critic)
    100
    It is arguably the best motion picture ever made about the process of creation and the creator.
    Full Review » 11 years ago
  • David Hunter Hollywood Reporter (Top Critic)
    It's got more music, more drama, more of what made it a big winner with audiences and critics 18 years ago.
    Full Review » 13 years ago
  • Richard Corliss TIME Magazine (Top Critic)
    A grand movie entertainment.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Total Film
    100
    Milos Forman's opulent drama is sheer quality.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Sean Axmaker Turner Classic Movies Online
    ... brought a new popular interest in the music of Mozart and turned the classical composer into a pop-culture figure...
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Charles Cassady Common Sense Media
    80
    Great movie, but not quite true to history.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Peter Canavese Groucho Reviews
    100
    A witty and highly imaginative historical fiction, well adapted by screenwriter Peter Shaffer from his own hit play. [Blu-ray]
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • John J. Puccio Movie Metropolis
    100
    ...if the director, the producer, and the writer approved of the added scenes, I'm not going to complain. One way or the other, Amadeus remains a great film.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • John J. Puccio DVDTown.com
    100
    ...if the director, the producer, and the writer approved of the added scenes, I'm not going to complain. One way or the other, Amadeus remains a great film.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Film4
    Milos Forman's well-crafted adaptation of Peter Shaffer's superior play turns out to be a very entertaining film, although it lacks the inventiveness of the original production.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Ken Hanke Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
    80
    When Amadeus deals with the music -- and with the theme of greater and lesser talents in conflict -- it frequently justifies its reputation.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Michael Dequina TheMovieReport.com
    100
    Such a wonderful mix of sight and sound, of humor and drama, of love and hate, of ugliness and beauty.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Wesley Lovell Oscar Guy
    100
    Two amazing performances cap a stellar work of musical imagination and creative artistry.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
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