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Malena (2000)



Average Rating: 5.6/10
Reviews Counted: 76
Fresh: 42 | Rotten: 34

Malena ends up objectifying the character of the movie's title. Also, the young boy's emotional investment with Malena is never convincing, as she doesn't feel like a three-dimensional person.


Average Rating: 5.2/10
Critic Reviews: 30
Fresh: 15 | Rotten: 15

Malena ends up objectifying the character of the movie's title. Also, the young boy's emotional investment with Malena is never convincing, as she doesn't feel like a three-dimensional person.



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A young man's infatuation for a beautiful older woman blooms amidst the outbreak of World War II in this bittersweet comedy-drama from Italy. Renato (Giuseppe Sulfaro) is a 13-year-old boy growing up in a small Sicilian community. Mussolini has risen to power and has declared war upon England and France, but Renato has other things on his mind -- mostly girls. While hanging out with his friends by the seashore, Renato spies Malèna (Monica Bellucci), the daughter of one of his schoolteachers,

Jul 10, 2001

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All Critics (86) | Top Critics (31) | Fresh (42) | Rotten (34) | DVD (12)

[Tornatore] eludes sentimentality with a romantic vision wide enough to embrace the range of human experience.

February 7, 2001 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco Chronicle
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Bereft of the more richly textured sentiments of Tornatore's Cinema Paradiso.

February 7, 2001 Full Review Source: TIME Magazine
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Despite Bellucci's strong presence in a role with little dialogue, the central character never really comes alive in any way interesting enough to give her ordeal much genuine pathos.

February 7, 2001 Full Review Source: Variety
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Its heart is in the right place.

February 2, 2001
Orlando Sentinel
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Transparently misogynist at its core.

February 2, 2001
Mr. Showbiz
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An affecting coming-of-age story.

February 2, 2001 Full Review Source: ReelViews
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Malèna barely speaks a word in the film, but Belucci makes a role that is written as a symbol into a full-blooded person.

February 15, 2010 Full Review Source:

For those of us who love Cinema Paradiso, the news that its Italian director Giuseppe Tornatore and his musical soulmate Ennio Morricone were getting back together to do another coming-of-age film, Malena, gave us tantalizing hope. Malena fa

February 2, 2009 Full Review Source: Las Vegas CityLife

Tornatore's Malena is to adolescence what his Cinema Paradiso was to childhood, a lyrical if sentimental fable about the perils of gowing up and the power of the imagination.

December 25, 2006 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com

A fully-fleshed out portrait, swirled in sweetness and nostalgia.

May 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

La historia trata en realidad también de Italia y la pérdida de inocencia, de los costumbrismos y elementos regionales...

July 25, 2004 Full Review Source: Cinenganos

With Fellini and Leoni gone, who now stands as Italy's greatest living filmmaker? ... The correct answer has to be Giuseppe Tornatore.

December 8, 2002 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

...ravishing to look at...the lush cinematography and luxuriant musical score adding to our enjoyment. But, ultimately, the film disappoints by not being about very much.

August 28, 2001
Movie Metropolis

Sutil recordatorio de que, en pleno inicio del siglo XXI, la imaginación y la pureza de corazón se mantienen más que vigentes.

May 11, 2001 Full Review Source: Moviola

Nonetheless, unlike his earlier and far superior "Cinema Paradiso," "Malena" often feels more repulsive than touching.

March 20, 2001 Full Review Source: Lawrence Journal-World
Lawrence Journal-World

The movie is filmed with an honest sensuality, and it never overplays its hand when it comes to the erotic parts.

February 7, 2001 Full Review Source: Internet Reviews
Internet Reviews

Tornatore has two near-perfect films working within the body of one mediocre one.

February 7, 2001 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

Fans of Tornatore's ability to evoke an enchanted atmosphere of intimate, melancholy nostalgia, within a grand scale of stucco, stone and local color, will find plenty of that.

February 7, 2001 Full Review Source:

A film that aspires to do two things at once, but ends up doing not much at all.

February 7, 2001 Full Review Source: Jam! Movies
Jam! Movies

The plot is thin, but its bustling construction dazzles.

February 7, 2001 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

A featherweight that might well blow right off the screen were it not anchored in place by a few darker undercurrents.

February 5, 2001 Full Review Source:

Though the story is undeniably familiar, the specifics have universal appeal.

February 2, 2001 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Another wistful coming-of-age fable from a filmmaker who has the genre down cold.

February 2, 2001
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Audience Reviews for Malena

December 18, 2013
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Malena is a coming of age story set against the backdrop of World War II. In this movie, a 13-yr old loves from afar, and never quite gets to make his love known.
February 25, 2013

Super Reviewer

I must give another thumbs up for Guiseppe Tornatore for making another great and memorable movie titled Malena... Especially he make the right cast for putting Monica Bellucci as the beautiful Malena and Guiseppe Sulfaro as Renato... An extra credit for Sulfaro for Renato that great... He looks like a boy who obsessed with Malena... Overall, it's a nice movie to be watched... But still for me, Cinema Paradiso is Tornatore's best...
July 19, 2009
Sanjaya 丘耀文

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Malena is another heartfelt tale of growing up from director Tornatore. It shows a young boys first love/lust as he falls for a woman in his home town. All the men love her and all the women hate her. What starts as vicious rumours and wolf whistles soon turns more tragic. We always see Malena from the perspective of our protagonist, so you would think she wouldn't be developed well. This is kind of true. We never get to see the real Malena, but we do begin to feel for the the way the young boy does. This does build up an emotional connection and makes it even more traumatic when things turn sour. Unfortunately, the film stalls after a while. There are constant scenes of Malena walking and us hearing peoples comments about her. There are plenty of scenes showing the boy following her and fantasizing about her. It all gets rather stale, but at least the end starts changing things around. It's a wonderfully sexy film and one that does sum up adolescence rather well, but at the same time shows how repetitive and uneventful it is.
May 2, 2009

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