Bel Canto

Bel Canto

Bel Canto

Oscar winner Julianne Moore and Ken Watanabe (Inception) lead this hostage thriller about an opera singer and a wealthy businessman who stick together while a guerrilla rebel group take over a private performance. From the Oscar-nominated writer-director of About a Boy.

2018Rating: M, Violence & offensive language100 minsUSA
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Stuff

Stuff

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Bel Canto’s bland theatrics and irritatingly operatic denouement (that wouldn’t look out of place in a telenovela) are a tragic waste of an impressive international cast that also includes Sebastian Koch, Ryo Kase and Christopher Lambert.

2.0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

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The film benefits from the fine cast and from many sharp and poignant moments. It's an impressive achievement technically as well.

The New Yorker

The New Yorker

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Moore, like an upmarket version of Lina Lamont, in "Singin' in the Rain," lip-synchs convincingly to the sound of Renée Fleming. But not quite convincingly enough.

IndieWire

IndieWire

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Though Moore and Watanabe are the main focus, Bel Canto delivers the emotional payoff of a well-developed ensemble film.

The Washington Post

The Washington Post

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The film empathetically shows its characters' humanity and the unlikely relationships that develop between captor and captive, as political, linguistic and socioeconomic barriers break down amid their close quarters and shared awe for the music.

Village Voice

Village Voice

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No one loves or dies without purpose in this searing and artful film.

The Guardian

The Guardian

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It's overripe and improbable, but you'd need a flinty heart to resist the message of solidarity, that if you spend time with someone, anyone, you'll find common ground.

3.0
Independent

Independent

press

In Bel Canto, the tension is barely there to start with.

Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

Bel Canto pushes a hard message about cultural misconceptions and boasts a promising and diverse cast, but only really makes an impact in the first and final minutes.

2.0
Stuff

Stuff

press

Bel Canto’s bland theatrics and irritatingly operatic denouement (that wouldn’t look out of place in a telenovela) are a tragic waste of an impressive international cast that also includes Sebastian Koch, Ryo Kase and Christopher Lambert.

2.0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

The film benefits from the fine cast and from many sharp and poignant moments. It's an impressive achievement technically as well.

The New Yorker

The New Yorker

press

Moore, like an upmarket version of Lina Lamont, in "Singin' in the Rain," lip-synchs convincingly to the sound of Renée Fleming. But not quite convincingly enough.

IndieWire

IndieWire

press

Though Moore and Watanabe are the main focus, Bel Canto delivers the emotional payoff of a well-developed ensemble film.

The Washington Post

The Washington Post

press

The film empathetically shows its characters' humanity and the unlikely relationships that develop between captor and captive, as political, linguistic and socioeconomic barriers break down amid their close quarters and shared awe for the music.

Village Voice

Village Voice

press

No one loves or dies without purpose in this searing and artful film.

The Guardian

The Guardian

press

It's overripe and improbable, but you'd need a flinty heart to resist the message of solidarity, that if you spend time with someone, anyone, you'll find common ground.

3.0
Independent

Independent

press

In Bel Canto, the tension is barely there to start with.

Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

Bel Canto pushes a hard message about cultural misconceptions and boasts a promising and diverse cast, but only really makes an impact in the first and final minutes.

2.0

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