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Uncle Nino

Uncle Nino (2003)



Average Rating: 4.4/10
Reviews Counted: 33
Fresh: 7 | Rotten: 26

Critics say that despite a warm, well-meaning message about the importance of family ties, Uncle Nino is utterly corny and predictable.


Average Rating: 4.1/10
Critic Reviews: 15
Fresh: 3 | Rotten: 12

Critics say that despite a warm, well-meaning message about the importance of family ties, Uncle Nino is utterly corny and predictable.



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A visit from a distant relative teaches a modern family about old-fashioned values in this family drama. Robert Micelli (Joe Mantegna) and his wife Marie (Anne Archer) are a couple living in Chicago with their two children, 15-year-old Bobby (Trevor Morgan) and 12-year-old Gina (Gina Mantegna). The Micelli Family is not as close as it once was; Robert is busy with work as he tries to earn a promotion, Marie has given up on cooking as a hobby, Bobby has started a rock & roll band with his friends


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All Critics (35) | Top Critics (16) | Fresh (7) | Rotten (26)

A third-rate Robin Williams movie that didn't even have the decency to hire Robin Williams.

March 3, 2005 Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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Shallcross fails to infuse the proceedings with the wit or distinctiveness necessary to lift it above the crop of its so many similar-themed predecessors.

February 26, 2005
Hollywood Reporter
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Both movies have familiar and even hokey aspects, but they're also sincere rather than cynical, and there's something affecting about the very similar messages they're peddling.

February 18, 2005 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
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Aggressive heartwarmer, which turns out to be much more of a heartburner.

February 14, 2005
New York Times
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There's not a single surprise or moment of dramatic tension.

February 12, 2005 Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly
L.A. Weekly
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An effortless heartwarmer that manages to be utterly corny but quite likable.

February 11, 2005 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
Boston Globe
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As a film in general, Uncle Nino would probably be no more than a 6 out of 10, but as a family film it merits a 7.

July 23, 2010 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

The message is timeless. Family matters. Tell people you love them. Despite its predictability, the movie works because it is completely without guile.

November 10, 2006
Christianity Today

Nino acts like an Italian fairy-god-uncle... transforming this house into a home - where flowers thrive, violin music fills the air, and everybody eats dinner together.

July 1, 2005 Full Review Source:

It feels something like a made-for-TV movie that fell back behind the fridge circa 1982 and has been rotting there ever since.

March 5, 2005 Full Review
Philadelphia Weekly

Such a hamfisted effort that the ostensibly comic moments aren't nearly as funny as the sappily earnest serious parts.

February 18, 2005 Full Review Source: Salt Lake Tribune
Salt Lake Tribune

There's a place for a movie like this--but it's really on the Hallmark Hall of Fame rather than in an auditorium you have to pay to get into.

February 15, 2005 Full Review Source: One Guy's Opinion
One Guy's Opinion

Aspires to be a My Big Fat Greek Wedding, but succeeds only in being a big, fat, ethnic cliche.

February 11, 2005 Full Review Source: Boston Herald
Boston Herald

This is barely believable treacle, not helped by the fact that the characters don't even rise to the level of cartoons, much less real people.

February 11, 2005 Full Review Source: Worcester Telegram & Gazette

The film -- and its characters -- are full of quirks. But it tries a little too hard, especially where the quirks are concerned.

February 11, 2005 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

Heartwarming is not always a bad thing. Consider this family film from writer-director Robert Shallcross: It's not only warm and fuzzy in all the right places, it's something that the whole family might actually enjoy.

February 11, 2005 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

The characters are all clichés, the dialogue is abominable and every story point is radioed so far in advance that it should come with its own motorcade.

February 11, 2005 Full Review Source: Orlando Weekly
Orlando Weekly

Audience Reviews for Uncle Nino

Awe...what a nice, charming, cute, entertaining family movie! I really enjoyed the music at the end with Uncle Nino playing with the boys. Good job!
October 14, 2010

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