Critic Reviews

  • 100
    F. X. Feeney L.A. Weekly
    Remains the most popularly successful film ever to render the inner life of an artist.
  • 100
    Michael Wilmington Chicago Tribune
    It still soars, but now it seems richer, more expansive. Amadeus 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.
  • 100
    Gregory Weinkauf New Times (L.A.)
    One of the finest qualities of Amadeus is that it reminds us of those rare occasions when an Oscar sweep is actually merited.
  • 100
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle
    Perfect pitch.
  • 100
    Jack Mathews New York Daily News
    "Amadeus is about as close to perfection as movies get," I wrote in 1984. Now, it's 20 minutes closer.
  • 90
    The A.V. Club
    The superbly edited original version of Amadeus used overlapping sound cues for a lively flow between scenes, and the new version breaks up some of that flow with lengthy, talky interludes. Still, Ondrícek's breathtaking images and Forman's essential craft are best appreciated on the big screen, and another theatrical run for Amadeus is a welcome gift, no matter how much this edition unnecessarily gilds what's already a near-perfect lily
  • 88
    Michael Sragow Baltimore Sun
    Except for the Mozart music and Tharp movements around the edges, Amadeus plays like a monument to mediocrity. The movie belongs to Salieri.
  • 83
    Portland Oregonian
    The big-screen reissue offers a rare chance to admire the marvelous production details.
  • 75
    Liam Lacey The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
    Amadeus needs an additional 20 minutes running time like "The Magic Flute" needs a drum solo. Though the production is gussied up with more frills and decoration than a Viennese dessert trolley, Forman is generally workmanlike in his visual style and very uneven with his handling of actors.
  • 60
    Chicago Reader
    It binds up introductory lessons in music appreciation, Freudian psychology, and fanciful history with a pulp thriller plot.