The incredible story of genius musician Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, told in flashback by his peer and secret rival Antonio Salieri - now confined to an insane asylum.
Richard Corliss A grand movie entertainment.
Todd McCarthy On a production level and as an evocation of a time and place, Amadeus is loaded with pleasures.
Dave Kehr Peter Shaffer's shrewdly orchestrated cultural evening gets a steady, dignified, moderately dull treatment from Milos Forman.
Geoff Andrew The entire cast speaks in horribly intrusive American accents, but Forman makes some perceptive connections between Mozart's life and work.
Vincent Canby As Mozart, Tom Hulce, though extremely American in looks and voice, gets better and better as the drama progresses.
F.X. Feeney This dark, exuberant epic is nearly 18 years old, yet remains the most popularly successful film ever to render the inner life of an artist.
David Hunter It's got more music, more drama, more of what made it a big winner with audiences and critics 18 years ago.