Pinocchio Reviews

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Renee Schonfeld
Common Sense Media
February 22, 2012
Live-action dubbed puppet story is creepy and lacks humor.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
January 5, 2007
The recut American version is truly awful, but a good 75 percent of the awfulness is attributable to Miramax, the film's distributor.
Michael Dequina
TheMovieReport.com
September 15, 2005
Head-slapping, what-the-f*ck-is-this-for-real? trippiness.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
Forrest Hartman
Reno Gazette-Journal
August 1, 2003
Like Robin Williams on speed, [Roberto Benigni] darts about the screen showing less restraint than a shark in blood-stained water.
| Original Score: C-
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
July 15, 2003
Better this log-headed Pinocchio had been burned at the stake.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/10
Ryan Cracknell
Movie Views
April 24, 2003
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.
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
February 26, 2003
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
Michael Szymanski
Zap2it.com
February 21, 2003
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 | Original Score: 1/4
Frank Ochieng
TheWorldJournal.com
February 3, 2003
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 | Original Score: 1.5/4
David Noh
Film Journal International
January 16, 2003
Benigni presents himself as the boy puppet Pinocchio, complete with receding hairline, weathered countenance and American Breckin Meyer's ridiculously inappropriate Valley Boy voice.
Shirley Klass
Fantastica Daily
January 10, 2003
The dialogue is very choppy and monosyllabic despite the fact that it is being dubbed.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Eugene Novikov
Film Blather
January 9, 2003
Seriously, rent the Disney version.
| Original Score: D+
Pete Croatto
Filmcritic.com
January 8, 2003
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 | Original Score: 2/5
Susan Granger
www.susangranger.com
January 7, 2003
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
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews
January 7, 2003
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
Joe Leydon
The Moving Picture Show
January 6, 2003
Chalk it up as the worst kind of hubristic folly.
Full Review | Original Score: .5/4
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Edward Guthmann
San Francisco Chronicle
January 3, 2003
What can one say about a balding 50-year-old actor playing an innocent boy carved from a log?
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Mark Peranson
Village Voice
January 3, 2003
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.
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
January 3, 2003
I can't say this enough: This movie is about an adult male dressed in pink jammies.
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
January 3, 2003
Instead of hiding Pinocchio from critics, Miramax should have hidden it from everyone.
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