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The Magic Flute

Kenneth Branagh directs this film adaptation of Mozart's "The Magic Flute" that sets the action just before World War I, turning Tamino into a brave young soldier who must rescue the beautiful Pamina from her evil captor, Sarastro.
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Netflix Rating: 3.1
Rotten Tomatoes: Fresh 74%
Critics' score: 74   Audience score: 64   Rotten Tomatoes page
Top Rotten Tomatoes Critics

The results are often fascinating (I love the duet of the Armed Men, sung by a chorus of faces animated out of a wall of sandbags), sometimes ludicrous and never boring. full review

Robert Everett-Green, Globe and Mail

In the end, love triumphs. In this movie, the music triumphs, proving again that a true masterpiece can survive all kinds of meddling. full review

John Terauds, Toronto Star

Apart from a fascination with the hate-spitting mouth and throat of Lyubov Petrova's vocally pyrotechnic Queen of the Night, the visual gimmicks are individually tolerable. But they don't add up to anything particular. full review

Martin Hoyle, Time Out

Opera buffs shouldn't throw away their DVDs of Ingmar Bergman's 1975 TV movie. full review

Derek Elley, Variety

Even though there were moments in The Magic Flute when I wondered if Branagh hadn't truly gone off his rocker, I found its audacity exhilarating. full review

Stephanie Zacharek, Salon.com
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