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Red Violin

  • Rated R


An epic adventure unfolds when an appraiser discovers a rare violin. Before auctioning off the instrument, he tries to unravel its rich and powerful history -- and reveals a shocking secret.

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- Andrew O'Hehir,, Saturday, January 1, 2000


- Bob Graham, San Francisco Chronicle, Saturday, January 1, 2000


- David Stratton, Variety, Thursday, July 31, 2008

Audience Reviews

4 stars


- liquidchick76, Saturday, September 18, 2010

2 stars

This is the story of a violin that starts in 1681 in Italy and ends in present-day New York. It's hard to judge a film in which the main character is a violin. The characters who could give the film life are the people who own the violin at different places and historical moments, but their transience in the violin's "life" make it difficult to attach ourselves to their plights. And the fortune-teller reading the violin's future is clever for about ten seconds. Also, it's never fully revealed what Charles's motives are; is there any care that he could offer the violin that other suitors can't? The score is quite good, and a project that spans five languages and four countries is admirably ambitious. Overall, the main character being a violin didn't work for me, but I admire the effort.

- hunterjt13, Tuesday, December 4, 2012

3 stars

img]] Samuel L Jackson is incredibly miscast in The Red Violin in a very unmemorable role in comparison to some of his best. But besides that, this is a fairly effective drama and for me personally, a pleasant surprise. That's not to say it's not flawed in any way. The musical intervels too often interrupt different acts but considering it's audience it does perfectly what it sets out to do. There's also a lot to take pleasure in even if your absolutely clueless when it comes to understanding how a violin works. The geographical locations are beautiful, the period settings are believable, and each member of the huge ensemble cast is engaging and not without interesting and realistic personalities. It is unfortunate that the film itself is never as deep as it wants to be but it's strange how at times it is accidentally brilliant. I cant really remember being dramatically heart broken watching a film in which an inanimate object is thrown onto the floor agressively. I was genuinely surprised at how well the script was written and how good the performances (minus Sam Jackson) were. It isn't one of those cheesy TV period movies by a long shot. Overall though with it's beautiful scenery, it's distinctive characters, and it's soothing if not repetitive score, The Red Violin works impressively as a film. As well as a visual masterpiece to fans of the title instrument.

- aquateen2, Tuesday, July 31, 2012