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Frida Review

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  • 4.0

    out of 100

    Generally favorable reviews
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  • 50

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    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    Skips from episode to episode without illuminating the essence of the woman or her art.

  • 58

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    A revolutionary life has rarely felt less edgy, or the biography of an iconoclast more bourgeois.

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  • 63

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    It's too bad that this long-awaited movie didn't go further than faithfully re-creating Kahlo's artwork and her studied look. Her passionate and tragically short life (she died at 47) is ideal Hollywood material, but the audience is left wanting a more in-depth portrait.

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  • 88

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

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

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  • 88

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Michael Wilmington

    The film seems a mad mix of staid PBS bio-drama, flamboyant musical comedy and surreal cartoon nightmare.

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OK for kids 16+

Graphic biopic of artist Frida Kahlo.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie is a graphic and explicit rendering of the life of Mexican artist Frida Kahlo (Salma Hayek), and in particular, her rocky relationship with fellow artist and husband Diego Rivera (Alfred Molina). There is a lot sex shown between the couple and with their various alternate lovers, including women with whom both Frida and Diego cheat. The atmosphere of almost every scene is charged with either sexual or violent tension, or both. When Frida suffers a miscarriage, the fetus is shown preserved in formaldehyde while she sketches it into a painting. The couple's affiliation with socialist ideologues, especially Leon Trotsky (Geoffrey Rush), brings violence to the forefront -- from barroom brawls to attempted assassinations. Celebration scenes are marked by the presence of copious alcohol consumption, and near the end of her life, Frida is shown to become dependent on various pain medications due to complications from injuries received in a bus accident earlier in her life. The film glorifies Frida and Diego as important artists, while it also shows the misery that they endured.

  • Families can talk about whether an artist must live a tortured life to make important art. Are artists always so strongly principled when it comes to their politics? Why were politics so important in this era of Mexican history? Why does Frida enter into a marriage with Diego despite knowing his horrible record of infidelity? How can Diego remain unapologetic regarding his behavior, and does his behavior justify Frida's own infidelities?

The good stuff
  • message true-1

    Messages: Romanticizes the tortured life of married artists who constantly disrespect their marital commitments.

What to watch for
  • violence false5

    Violence: Fistfights, shootings, verbal arguments.

  • sex false5

    Sex: Multiple scenes of sexual intercourse, rampant marital infidelity, graphic miscarriage scene, and discussion of all the above.

  • language false5

    Language: Very strong language.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false5

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Celebration of drinking and smoking, use of drugs to dull pain of medical condition.