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By Teresa Talerico, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Madonna performs in bloated but stirring musical.

Movie PG 1996 135 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

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age 15+

Based on 4 parent reviews

age 10+

Pathetic Take on a Broadway Classic

Madonna's acting is honestly terrible and she sings the songs differently than they were written. If you can find a bootleg of the 1979 Broadway version with Patti Lupone to watch with your kids they will absolutely love it, mine did.
age 18+

Way too random.

Man,this movie sucks.While the music is pretty good,the director went overboard with the singing.It was just really annoying,and made me want to jam an ice pick through my ears.Oh,and i'd like to tell the director to stick with one genre.He or she just took a bunch of genres and put them together.That just makes my head spin.Avoid this movie like you would avoid the flu.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (4 ):
Kids say (12 ):

Although it stumbles a bit throughout, Evita remains a stunning movie musical that finds its rhythm after the first hour or so. The scenes that work will sweep viewers up in the political and personal stratosphere of Argentina's most beloved first lady, Eva Perón. In those moments, whether she's addressing a cheering crowd of peasants or flirting with her future husband (and the country's future president), Madonna embodies Evita, and her vocal performances communicate what she has never seemed capable of as a traditional actress. Other musical sequences -- particularly the earlier ones, as well as those that feature blaring rock-music guitars -- feel awkward. Throughout the movie, it's hard to accept Banderas in a role that requires him to sing all his dialogue. But without him, the movie would be a one-sided glorification of Evita.

Musical numbers such as "A New Argentina" capture the excitement and energy of the Peróns' political campaign. The most memorable sequences are Pryce's post-election speech and Madonna's touching performance of "Don't Cry For Me, Argentina," both delivered from the presidential balcony as thousands of supporters cry "Pe-rón! Pe-rón!" in a chant that almost sounds like a heartbeat. The movie includes a depiction of this "Rainbow Tour" and briefly hints at allegations that the Perons were Nazi sympathizers. It also examines the extensive network of social service organizations that Evita helped establish in her country.

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