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Evita Review

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  • 3.0

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    Mixed or average reviews
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  • 42

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    Technically, Madonna's singing is beautiful -- elegant, silky, refined. Yet there's no fire, no twinkle of ambitious joy, to her performance. Her face is fixed, almost tranquilized -- a porcelain mask.

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  • 63

    out of 100

    USA Today Mike Clark

    So fluidly visual that only a deathbed finale can flag its pace, it's the first Panavision music video to run 21/4 hours, the monotony finally sapping its staying power. [23 Dec 1996 Pg.01.D]

  • 75

    out of 100

    ReelViews James Berardinelli

    This brash, glitzy, energetic entertainment has the power to hold an audience enraptured, but, at the same time, there's a sense that what we're experiencing is just candy for the eyes and ears.

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  • 88

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    But Parker's visuals enliven the music, and Madonna and Banderas bring it passion. By the end of the film we feel like we've had our money's worth, and we're sure Evita has.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 13+

Madonna performs in bloated but stirring musical.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie depicts complex political themes, some violence (brutality of soldiers against citizens, bloody victims of an earthquake), and sexual innuendo (showing lovers in bed, but no sex).

  • Families can talk about what they think of the main character, Evita. What kind of person was she? Why did so many Argentines idolize her?

The good stuff
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    Messages: Characters often behave in calculated ways -- including using other people -- to advance their own political agendas or careers. Characters do have strong political ideals and dreams, although those ideals don't always make things better for a country's citizens.

What to watch for
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    Violence: Political rioting and unrest are depicted throughout the movie, including scenes where soldiers are shown beating protesters. An earthquake ravages a town; bloody victims are shown in various states of injury. A girl is grief-stricken over the death of her father; she and her mother and siblings, however, are banned from his funeral by the man's legal wife because the children are bastards.

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    Sex: A married tango singer is having an affair with a younger woman. They are shown in bed together. A musical number implies that the same woman later goes through a string of lovers in order to advance her career. A high-ranking military official has a much younger lover, who looks like she's still a teenager. No sex is shown, but his new girlfriend kicks her out of his bed and home.

  • language false3

    Language: Some profanity, including "bitch," and a gesture that means "f--k you."

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    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Characters are seen drinking cocktails.