Cinema Paradiso : Critic Reviews

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Richard Schickel Time
Remain open to fantasies but not be consumed by them. These are good lessons for a would-be director. They are good lessons for everybody. And no recent movie has taught them with more patient sweetness. [Feb. 5, 1990]
100
Jay Scott The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
Cinema Paradiso converts you to the credo that art can indeed be holy.
100
Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle
You leave Cinema Paradiso with that feeling that's kind of like getting kicked in the stomach, but nice. It's one of those breathless, swept-away-by-a-movie experiences that you might have once a year, if you're lucky. [16 February 1990, Daily Notebook, p.E-1]
88
Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times
Anyone who loves movies is likely to love Cinema Paradiso.
80
Desson Thomson Washington Post
Just about everything you ever loved (or hated) about Italian films can be found.
75
Mike Clark USA Today
Lovely “memory'' film. [2 March 1990, Life, p.4D]
70
John Hartl Film.com
A sweet, funny exercise in nostalgia, though it's also self-congratulatory and awfully calculating.
50
Jonathan Rosenbaum Chicago Reader
Originally a two-part film running about three hours, this treacle has been reduced by almost a third, though it still seems to run on forever -- a bit like life but much less interesting.
50
TV Guide Magazine
They don't make movies like they used to, and this Oscar-winning Italian-French co-production spends the better part of three hours proving it.
50
Dave Kehr Chicago Tribune
A few moments of sly inspiration are not enough to carry an entire feature; along with the tears, it leaves behind an aftertaste of phoniness. [16 March 1990, Friday, p.H]

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