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Pinocchio Reviews

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Renee Schonfeld
Common Sense Media

Live-action dubbed puppet story is creepy and lacks humor.

Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 1/5

February 22, 2012
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
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The recut American version is truly awful, but a good 75 percent of the awfulness is attributable to Miramax, the film's distributor.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

January 5, 2007
Michael Dequina

Head-slapping, what-the-f*ck-is-this-for-real? trippiness.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 0/4

September 15, 2005
Forrest Hartman
Reno Gazette-Journal

Like Robin Williams on speed, [Roberto Benigni] darts about the screen showing less restraint than a shark in blood-stained water.

| Original Score: C-

August 1, 2003
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis

Better this log-headed Pinocchio had been burned at the stake.

Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis | Original Score: 3/10

July 15, 2003
Ryan Cracknell
Movie Views

Every good actor needs to do his or her own Hamlet. For Benigni it wasn't Shakespeare whom he wanted to define his career with but Pinocchio. It might as well have been Problem Child IV.

Full Review Source: Movie Views

April 24, 2003
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

This is a monumental achievement in practically every facet of inept filmmaking: joyless, idiotic, annoying, heavy-handed, visually atrocious, and often downright creepy.

| Original Score: 1/4

February 26, 2003
Michael Szymanski

What's most incredible is not that Benigni thought that he could pull off a believable wooden puppet who wants to be a boy, nor thet he could turn such a charming story into such a horrifically scary tale, but that the people of Italy love this movie so m

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 1/4

February 21, 2003
Frank Ochieng

This overproduced piece of dreck is shockingly bad and absolutely unnecessary. Hmmm...might I suggest that the wayward wooden one end it all by stuffing himself into an electric pencil sharpener?

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 1.5/4

February 3, 2003
David Noh
Film Journal International

Benigni presents himself as the boy puppet Pinocchio, complete with receding hairline, weathered countenance and American Breckin Meyer's ridiculously inappropriate Valley Boy voice.

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

January 16, 2003
Shirley Klass
Fantastica Daily

The dialogue is very choppy and monosyllabic despite the fact that it is being dubbed.

Full Review Source: Fantastica Daily | Original Score: 1.5/4

January 10, 2003
Eugene Novikov
Film Blather

Seriously, rent the Disney version.

| Original Score: D+

January 9, 2003
Pete Croatto

Adults will certainly want to spend their time in the theater thinking up grocery lists and ways to tell their kids how not to act like Pinocchio. As for children, they won't enjoy the movie at all.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 2/5

January 8, 2003
Susan Granger

It's a frightful vanity film that, no doubt, pays off what debt Miramax felt they owed to Benigni.

Full Review | Original Score: 1/10

January 7, 2003
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews

If you saw Benigni's Pinocchio at a public park, you'd grab your kids and run and then probably call the police.

Full Review | Original Score: .5/4

January 7, 2003
Joe Leydon
The Moving Picture Show

Chalk it up as the worst kind of hubristic folly.

Full Review Source: The Moving Picture Show | Original Score: .5/4

January 6, 2003
Edward Guthmann
San Francisco Chronicle
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What can one say about a balding 50-year-old actor playing an innocent boy carved from a log?

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 1/4

January 3, 2003
Mark Peranson
Village Voice
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What remains is a variant of the nincompoop Benigni persona, here a more annoying, though less angry version of the irresponsible Sandlerian manchild, undercut by the voice of the star of Road Trip.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

January 3, 2003
Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
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I can't say this enough: This movie is about an adult male dressed in pink jammies.

January 3, 2003
Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
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Instead of hiding Pinocchio from critics, Miramax should have hidden it from everyone.

January 3, 2003
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