Renowned musician Lydia Tár is days away from recording the symphony that will elevate her career. However, Lydia's elaborate facade begins to unravel, revealing dirty secrets and the corrosive nature of power.

  • Released:
  • Runtime: 158 minutes
  • Genre: Drama, Music
  • Stars: Cate Blanchett, Nina Hoss, Noémie Merlant, Sophie Kauer, Julian Glover, Allan Corduner, Sylvia Flote, Vincent Riotta, Sam Douglas, Lucie Pohl, Vivian Full, Lee Sellars, Christoph Tomanek, Frank Röth, Diana Birenytė, André Röhner, Jessica Hansen, Murali Perumal, Sydney Lemmon, Ryan Reynolds
  • Director: Todd Field
  • fabri-sebastien - 13 January 2023
    Quite the build up for such a let down at the end
    + : Interesting take on a toxic type of character with high intelligence and realistic situations.

    Overall good acting.

    • : "What was the point?" feeling when you leavethe movie.

    A third of the scenes could have been cut off and you'd still "get" the main charachter

    Frustrating that after taking 2h to develop plot lines the vast majority of them is unused for the last part of the film. I wanted to see and experience the fall from grace and revenge from the people she hurt. I could only see glimpse of it, quite the let down.

    Some dialogs seemed unnatural because of the overly complicated level of english used. I understand that they want to show how this culture uses literacy as a weapon however I doubt this is realistic (but I'm not a native english speaker)
  • Victor_Fallon - 12 January 2023
    Utterly moronic.
    Tar establishes its central thesis early on. Should we seperate art from the artist? It's an age-old question worthy of exploration.

    But then the movie completely abandons its own premise and spends the next two hours exploring an entirely different question - can an artist seperate *themselves* from their art? Well, obviously the answer is 'no'. But not a single person in the cinema, nor on the planet, would ever ask something so inane.

    This is like a child asking 'why does poop smell?' and then the parent answering by playing a trumpet solo.

    I hate using the word pretentious, but with the intentionally sterile performances, rigid cinematography and clockwork characters, no other word will do. It is constantly screaming at us to pay attention to the subtext and even uses cheesy tricks like inserting 'ghosts' into background scenes to suggest depth. It desperately wants to be seen as smart, but it's stupid beyond belief.

    I've never seen a movie that misses its own point. Correction: I have now.
  • aussiecubs - 10 January 2023
    Great acting cannot save this boring mess
    A great acting performance by Cate Blanchett cannot save this boring mess from being one of the biggest disappointments I have recently had the misfortune to encounter.

    Many other negative reviewers have already shared their points of view detailing the innumerable faults with this film from the insult of forcing all viewers to suffer the films full credits taking up the first 10 minutes of the film, to numerous subplots that take the storyline nowhere, many scenes added that have little connection, a ridiculously overlong running time of 2 hours 38 minutes during which for most of the time very little happens etc., But to me the biggest disappointment was the failure to involve the viewing audience with orchestral music.

    I appreciate that the film is about the politics of the world of classical music and strictly not about classical music itself, however the failure to use the power of orchestral music to involve and develop the dynamics of the story and the characters is in my opinion unforgivable.

    Throughout the whole of the excessively long 2 hours 38 minutes running time, there would be literally less than about 5 minutes of in total of music. Most of the music was played in short runs of about 10, 15 or 20 seconds that were promptly brought to a halt and cut off by Cate Blanchett telling us what was wrong or what the music should have done, etc. The longest pieces of music in the whole film probably ran no more than 50 or 60 seconds.

    Enjoying the sound of a full symphony orchestra is for many people one of the great joys of the world and it can be truly enjoyable, moving, uplifting, inspiring, etc. This love of classical music was after all the factor that was motivating and driving the characters in the first place which then led to the themes about politics, cruel exploitation, sexual abuse through political manipulation etc.

    Nowhere was the power of the music itself allowed to be given a full reign in order to fully develop the characters and the story line.

    This to me was the greatest error that the producers and the director could have possibly made.

    Whether or not Cate Blanchett wins the Oscar is never going to change the fact that this is a terrible movie set in the world of classical music but which was effectively played out with no music at all.
  • timmyhollywood - 9 January 2023
    No one talks about the woman in the dark bedroom
    Seriously. Two thirds (or maybe a little more) into the film there's a scene when the little girl calls out for Lydia in the night. Lydia gets out of bed and as the camera pans left with her, it's there, a female figure sitting in a chair in the dark room.

    I'm not talking about some cardboard cutout of Ted Danson in a top hat like that old "Three Men and a Baby" ghost story. There's someone there.

    And that sort of defines this film. Long, creepy in places, and probably quite symbolic. A lot of it went over my head. But not that woman in the room. I even toggled back with the remote to show my wife and she saw it too.

    Someone was messing with Tar. Hard. Leaving her those weird symbols. Taking things from her. Was it Olga? Maybe.

    Anyway, this wasn't the film I thought it was going to be. I was expecting something more about a bit of a wild genius, perhaps a film bringing the art of conducting more to the fore.

    This was much more arthouse than that. Yeah, Cate Blanchet is a good actor, but that didn't make this film much more than puzzling.

    That scene where she loses it on her replacement conductor was pretty great though.
  • Xstal - 7 January 2023
    Orchestral Manoeuvres in E Minor...
    If you can get through the first hour it's worth staying to the end, as success and love and friendships are all shattered and descend, as the people who helped make her come to terms with what she's done, the crescendo building slowly then exploding like a drum.

    A familiar story through an original perspective, at its heart a breath taking central performance that will undoubtedly win many a reward and be recalled as one of her greatest, although the length of the production is excessive and, if you're not a fan of classical music it may temper your enjoyment, although I'm sure you'll be intrigued by the orchestral manoeuvres, both in the dark and the light.
  • fatwok - 7 January 2023
    started out good but ultimately disappoints
    It started out good. All the pieces well laid out and introduced clearly without being tedious. Unlike many who commented here, I didn't find it slow or boring at all. The writer's messages were clear and intentions obvious. It was stylish. Entertaining especially for those who enjoy classical music. Intriguing enough to pull the audience along. But then it got sloppy. When the movie ended I couldn't help but think that the writer is perhaps a bit young, maybe naïve or simple minded, and a bit cruel. Maybe he was intentionally cruel to make a point. All the same. Ultimately it's a wasted of 2 hours when you could be doing something more interesting.
  • Deb-ABQ - 6 January 2023
    You are not dumb if you didn't like this movie
    Cate Blanchett's performance is spectacular. The actual film is not. I am so tired of films that basically have no plot but a bunch of critics tell everyone it's a brilliant film. It's like everyone gets paid to tell you you are just stupid if you don't understand this brilliant piece of art.

    This movie has a lot of little storylines going on but none of them take center stage. Most of them have no impact on anyone. And the major one doesn't get resolved and you don't actually know what happened. The one that is shown in the trailers about her being distracted by noise means almost nothing in terms of the actual story. There are three scenes where a cell phone is shown filming the main character. Someone is filming and texting negative comments but you never find out who or why. This appears to have no actual purpose in the story.

    The saddest thing is that most of the scenes needed to tell a good story are there. But they are surrounded by scenes that have nothing to do with anything significant and there's so many of those that just bury anything that might be there.
  • redcanofevil - 6 January 2023
    Cinema about Cancel Culture
    A superb character study helmed by the ever marvelous Cate Blanchett reaffirming the cost of fame and the toll of the fall. An uncomfortable and depressing unraveling tale of artistry and the power dynamics stretched by ego which ultimately leaves you unsatisfied but still manages to etch the lessons into you. A middlefinger to modern day theatre runtime and structure, which is difficult to follow or be interested in for the first 30mins or so. It doesn't quite get better but the brilliance of Cate Blanchett incapacitates you, as you bear witness just how powerful a good acting actually is. Seriously, don't bother nominating 4/5 other actresses for the Oscar only to be humiliated by this power performance. It shouldn't even be a debate who wins best female.
  • boatsfra-42489 - 6 January 2023
    Tar is Tar and Feathered
    I wanted to get into this movie and I made it past the opening three hours of credits, followed by a day of the opening interview. I got through that point without getting the rope and gave the movie my due diligence, but sorry folks, I wasn't feeling it.

    This movie definitely has subset of viewers, those who appreciate classical music and those who conduct it. I love classical music but I would be wary of recommending watching this dud without some serious soul-searching and mind-bending mushrooms.

    I love Kate Blanchett and her acting chops are second to none. Can I get some props for making it through the first half-hour?
  • willsharp-1 - 6 January 2023
    Lydia Tar's monotone viciousness?
    Maybe my viewing of the movie was spoiled by my having read Richard Brody's scathing New Yorker review of the film. (Why I try not to read reviews before watching films.) But even in recognizing that that's maybe what happened, I cannot shake this feeling: the character of Tár is *monotonously vicious*. She's vainglorious, pretentious, underhanded, exploitative, deceitful, cowardly, among other vices. And at every opportunity not to do bad, she fails. She's consistently, monotonously vicious. (But don't get me wrong: she's certainly not malevolent. She's just bad.) If she's an antihero, rather than a villain, at all-and, so, a character capable of evoking a shred of sympathy from us-this has just to do with her professional (conducting) prowess. But that's not something that can be conveyed by director Field or star Blanchett! It's something we have to take on the testimony of the script (basically). So the character's status as antihero is just a product of features totally adventitious to the main event: the powerful duo of Field and Blanchett. But this is a character piece; and the character, as conveyed by the apparatus/machinery/machinations of the main event, is completely dull. There are no aberrations from her vice. She simply sucks.

    Beautiful acting, though. I'd love to see Blanchett get another Oscar.
  • bluvortex-57886 - 5 January 2023
    Much genius, but has flaws
    I see that this film has elicited much comment, so allow me to throw in my two cents.

    Firstly, Cate Blanchett's acting performance puts her in a league of her own. Like in Olympic diving, this role had a very high degree of difficulty, and she nailed it. (And I say this shortly after watching another Australian actress come out with a tour de force performance.)

    I don't know that much about music (especially Classical), so I enjoyed all the talk about interpreting a score and understanding the intentions of a composer.

    On the negative side, Lydia's sin(s) could have been revealed more fully, if not for clarity, then for more gravitas.

    I didn't understand the unexplained noises in Lydia's hears, or the cuts on her face, or why picking a particular masseuse was so traumatic.

    Also didn't understand the final scene where she is conducting a small orchestra in a third world country. Is this how her career plays out?

    And the sci-fi costumes of the audience must have some meaning. We are left to imagine what that is.

    For the most part, the long running time did not bother me, until things got very vague in the end.
  • iulstein - 5 January 2023
    Thank you Todd Field and Cate Blanchett!!!!!
    I almost instantly knew this movie was specifically written for Cate Blanchett without even looking it up... But, then again, how hard can it be for CB to play ANYTHING? Question is how hard was to write, pitch it to CB and direct it? AS A FAKE BIOPIC??? There are so many layers to this movie I could write a book on it! From gender to religion to culture to power to control to loyalty to partnership to romance to parenting to authenticity, to sociopathic and narcissistic behaviour to ambition and infatuation, etc. All summed up in what we call HUMAN NATURE! And all spectacularly (dis)played by CB... and here's the twist! IN A MAN'S ROLE!!!! And now please clear the red carpet for the 3rd time winner of (at least!) the OSCAR! + the Golden Globe, SAG, Critics' Choice, BAFTA, AACTA... whatevz! I reckon this movie finally consecrated the shift in the gender-equality paradigm!
  • irazig - 5 January 2023
    Cate Blanchett's Oscar worthy performance
    This is a film that will not attract a large audience. It's an art film and a character study. Sorry no AI, no explosions. We need more films like this however, why is this listed as a biography. It's fictitious!

    Is this following the lead of our politicians? I'm not up on my composers, so it wasn't until I checked that I found out no such person existed. Why cheapen the film by calling it a biography?

    Otherwise, it's a film worth seeing. Ms. Blanchett is an incredibly talented actor. The rest of the cast is wonderful. Just starts a bit slow, but it's worth the two hours invested. An intense experience.
  • LisaLR1 - 4 January 2023
    Cate Blanchett Phenomenon in Tár, an intelligent film in need of editing.
    2001 "In The Bedroom" director Todd Field returns with "Tár," stars Cate Blanchett as renowned conductor and musician Lydia Tár, an EGOT (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, Tony winner) whose ego and life are on top-of-the-world until certain situations collude against her causing her to spiral. Cate Blanchett could read the phone book on film and convince me she is a phenomenon, and in "Tár" she gives us yet another intelligent and incredible performance. However, the film is 2 hours 38 minutes and could use 38 minutes edited out, it gets redundant. Worth the watch for Cate Blanchett in yet another possible Oscar-worthy achievement.