Frida (2002)

Frida (2002)

Frida (2002)

Salma Hayek stars in this biopic of artist Frida Kahlo, who channeled the pain of a crippling injury and her tempestuous marriage into her work.

Frida chronicles the life Frida Kahlo shared unflinchingly and openly with Diego Rivera (Alfred Molina) as the young couple took the art world by storm. From her complex and enduring relationship with her mentor and husband to her illicit and controversial affair with Leon Trotsky, to her provocative and romantic entanglements with women, Frida Kahlo lived a bold and uncompromising life as a political, artistic, and sexual revolutionary.

Winner of Best Original Music (Elliott Goldenthal) and Best Makeup (John E. Jackson and eatrice De Alba), 2003 Academy Awards; Best Original Score (Goldenthal), 2003 Golden Globes; Best Makeup/Hair, 2003 BAFTAs; the Mimmo Rotella Foundation Award (Taymor), 2002 Venice Film Festival
2002Rating: R13, Sex scenes & offensive language123 minsUSA, Canada, Mexico
DramaTrue Story & BiographyRomance

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Frida (2002) / Reviews

Variety

Variety

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.

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TV Guide

TV Guide

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.

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The New York Times

The New York Times

The further it strays from sober naturalism, the better Frida is.

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Seattle Times

Seattle Times

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.

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Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

Hamstrung by a script that seems determined to stop at all the big moments in Frida's life without giving anything time to resonate.

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Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

Sometimes we feel as if the film careens from one colourful event to another without respite, but sometimes it must have seemed to Frida Kahlo as if her life did, too.

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Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

Meticulously mounted, exasperatingly well-behaved film, which ticks off Kahlo's lifetime milestones with the dutiful precision of a tax accountant.

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