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Amadeus Review

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  • 5.0

    out of 100

    Universal acclaim
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 100

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Michael Wilmington

    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.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 12+

Great movie, but not quite true to history.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that while this movie was rated R, because of some naked tush, a brief shot of breasts, and a bit of hanky panky, there's little else of concern for teenage viewers. One character attempts suicide by slashing his wrists. Parents should also know that there's no real evidence to back up this movie's plot.

  • Parents can talk about how historical movies and TV shows can distort the truth. What sources do you use to learn about history? When do you question the accuracy of a historical tale?
  • Are there any role models in this story?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: Between the talented but immature Mozart and the cultured but poisonous Salieri, the most admirable person onscreen is Mozart's sensible wife, powerless to save him.

What to watch for
  • violence false1

    Violence: The main character attempts suicide by slashing his wrists.

  • sex false3

    Sex: Mozart enjoys romps with his wife -- some kissing and groping shown. A naked backside and partial breasts shown.

  • language false3

    Language: Some raunchy language.

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not applicable

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Social drinking, sometimes to excess.