The Devil's Violinist

The Devil's Violinist

The Devil's Violinist

Biopic on Italian violinist and composer, Niccolo Paganini (played by violin star David Garrett), who rose to fame as a virtuoso in the early 19th century. The title derives from the myth surrounding Paganini, alleging that he played so well he must have sold his soul to the devil. From Bernard Rose, director of Immortal in which Gary Oldman played Beethoven.

2013Rating: R16, Violence, offensive language, drug use and sex scenes122 minsGermany, Italy
DramaMusicTrue Story & Biography
Director:
Bernard Rose ('Mr. Nice', 'Immortal Beloved', 'Candyman')
Writer:
Bernard Rose
Cast:
David GarrettJared HarrisJoely RichardsonChristian McKay

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The Devil's Violinist / Reviews

Variety

Variety

Garrett's musical gifts far outstrip his acting chops in Bernard Rose's creaky 19th-century melodrama.

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The New York Times

The New York Times

Even if, like me, you're a sucker for men with tossable hair and precision eyeliner, you can't help noticing that "The Devil's Violinist" is hysterical - and possibly historical - hooey.

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The Dissolve

The Dissolve

While his story follows the Amadeus arc along meticulously precise beats, it still lacks a sense of shape, or a sense of stakes, to go with its pounding melodrama.

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Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

Though his dramatic performance is somewhat too mild, classical-pop violinist David Garrett brings an electrifying musical authenticity to the lead role in "The Devil's Violinist."

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

Could have used some Ken Russell-style pizzazz.

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