Malena (2000)




Critic Consensus: 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.

Movie Info

In 1941, Renato was 13 years old and although the world was at war, nothing ever happened in his sleepy village in Sicily. Until the day he discovered something that would change his life forever... Malena, the beautiful young war widow who was the obsession of every man and the envy of every woman. Because of her, Renato will come to learn all of life's lessons and find himself in places he never could have imagined.

Rating: R (for sexuality/nudity, language and some violence)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Art House & International
Directed By:
Written By: Giuseppe Tornatore
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jul 10, 2001
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as Renato Amoroso

as Malena Scordia

as Renato's father

as Renato's mother

as Professor Bonsignore

as Nino Scordia

as Avvocato Centorbi

as Segretario Politico

as Mantenuta del Barone

as Dott. Cusimano

as Dr. Cusimano's Wife

as Lieutenant Cadei

as Lupetta

as Pharmacist

as Pharmacist's Wife

as Magistrate

as Storekeeper

as Fascist Soldier

as Record Store Owner

as Brothel Owner

as First Prostitute

as Second Prostitute

as Third Prostitute

as Renato's Sister

as First Lynching Woman

as Second Lynching Woma...
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Critic Reviews for Malena

All Critics (87) | Top Critics (31)

Bereft of the more richly textured sentiments of Tornatore's Cinema Paradiso.

Full Review… | February 7, 2001
TIME Magazine
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | February 7, 2001
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | February 7, 2001
Top Critic

Its heart is in the right place.

February 2, 2001
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

Transparently misogynist at its core.

February 2, 2001
Mr. Showbiz
Top Critic

Malèna barely speaks a word in the film, but Belucci makes a role that is written as a symbol into a full-blooded person.

Full Review… | February 15, 2010

Audience Reviews for Malena


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Super Reviewer


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.

Red Lats

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...

Sanjaya 丘耀文

Super Reviewer

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