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Pinocchio Reviews

Susan Stark
Detroit News
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Full Review Source: Detroit News | Original Score: 1/4

March 10, 2007
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
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
Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
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An epic turkey, in a league with this year's Swept Away, that must be seen to be believed.

| Original Score: 1.5/4

January 3, 2003
Marilyn Moss
Hollywood Reporter
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While Benigni (who stars and co-wrote) seems to be having a wonderful time, he might be alone in that.

January 3, 2003
Janice Page
Boston Globe
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Audiences can be expected to suspend their disbelief only so far -- and that does not include the 5 o'clock shadow on the tall wooden kid as he skips off to school.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 2/4

January 3, 2003
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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Would Benigni's Italian Pinocchio have been any easier to sit through than this hastily dubbed disaster?

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: F

January 3, 2003
Peter Howell
Toronto Star
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In the spirit of the season, I assign one bright shining star to Roberto Benigni's Pinocchio -- but I guarantee that no wise men will be following after it.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 1/5

December 27, 2002
Dan Fienberg
L.A. Weekly
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Visually sumptuous but intellectually stultifying.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

December 27, 2002
Jennie Punter
Globe and Mail
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Benigni's Pinocchio is extremely straight and mind-numbingly stilted, its episodic pacing keeping the film from developing any storytelling flow.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 1/4

December 27, 2002
John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press
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The idea of 49-year-old Roberto Benigni playing the wooden boy Pinocchio is scary enough. The reality of the new live-action Pinocchio he directed, cowrote and starred in borders on the grotesque.

Full Review Source: Detroit Free Press | Original Score: 1/4

December 27, 2002
Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
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The movie unfolds in a clumsy zone between fantasy and realism, and in the end it's neither here nor there.

Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News | Original Score: D

December 27, 2002
Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
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As the wooden puppet who yearns to be human, Benigni ... is steadfastly insufferable, from his naughty, na´ve stage through a transformation to a state of virtue that is steeped in a self-congratulatory martyrdom and nobility.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 1.5/5

December 26, 2002
Elvis Mitchell
New York Times
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A movie so bad that it quickly enters the pantheon of wreckage that includes Battlefield Earth and Showgirls.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 1/5

December 26, 2002
Rex Reed
New York Observer
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Lethal for kids and an unspeakable insult to adults, this unreleasable fiasco is a torture for all.

December 19, 2002
David Rooney
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A film substantially lacking in personality, energy, magic and humor.

Full Review Source: Variety

October 8, 2002
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