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Amarcord (2009)

Amarcord

TOMATOMETER

Average Rating: 8.2/10
Reviews Counted: 43
Fresh: 39
Rotten: 4

Critics Consensus: Ribald, sweet, and sentimental, Amarcord is a larger-than-life journey through a seaside village and its colorful citizens.

Average Rating: 8.5/10
Reviews Counted: 14
Fresh: 13
Rotten: 1

Critics Consensus: Ribald, sweet, and sentimental, Amarcord is a larger-than-life journey through a seaside village and its colorful citizens.

AUDIENCE SCORE

Average Rating: 4.2/5
User Ratings: 17,725

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Movie Info

Federico Fellini's warmly nostalgic memory piece examines daily life in the Italian village of Rimini during the reign of Mussolini, and won the 1974 Academy Award as Best Foreign Film. The film's greatest asset is its ability to be sweet without being cloying, due in great part to Danilo Donati's surrealistic art direction and to the frequently bawdy injections of sex and politics by screenwriters Fellini and Tonino Guerra. Fellini clearly has deep affection for the people of this seaside … More

Rating:
R
Genre:
Drama , Art House & International , Comedy
Directed By:
Written By:
Federico Fellini , Tonino Guerra
In Theaters:
On DVD:
Apr 3, 1998
Runtime:
Janus Films


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Critic Reviews for Amarcord

All Critics (43) | Top Critics (14) | Fresh (39) | Rotten (4) | DVD (14)

Continues to resemble something a lewd, grouchy, fitfully indecent silent-movie director might have made for his first time using color and sound. That, at least, would explain the shouting.

Full Review… | December 22, 2009
Boston Globe
Top Critic

Fellini is so bountiful with incident and observation that he makes most other film makers seem stingy.

Full Review… | April 27, 2009
TIME Magazine
Top Critic

Federico Fellini's films beg to be seen on a movie screen. Their panoramic, overstuffed frames and larger-than-life characters overflow the boundaries of home theater; their exuberant, generous humor is best enjoyed in a packed auditorium.

Full Review… | March 27, 2009
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Top Critic

Orthodox Fellini lovers will give primacy to La Strada or La Dolce Vita, but Amarcord has its fans, and it's easy to see why.

Full Review… | March 13, 2009
Washington Post
Top Critic

He [Director Fellini] leaves us with the hope that the human comedy just may be able to survive everything.

Full Review… | February 13, 2009
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

This Fellini opus is his most accessible to mass audiences since La Dolce Vita.

Full Review… | December 3, 2008
Variety
Top Critic

Fellini's ability to compose a frame that oozes baroque drama and vitality is almost unparalleled and Amarcord more or less succeeded for me in evoking a time period through the eyes of a young boy...

Full Review… | September 8, 2013
Trespass

Sweet and endearing for many, irritating and tedious for others.

Full Review… | February 26, 2011
Movie Metropolis

Seen today, Amarcord is something of a disappointment, clever and moving in places, but also sprawling, undisciplined, clumsy in patches, and decidedly overlong.

Full Review… | December 17, 2009
Boston Phoenix

[S]imply nonsensical to me. Fascists are idiots, Catholic priests are clowns -- I agree with this. So why don't I feel it?

Full Review… | December 13, 2009
Flick Filosopher

Bloated, overblown and essentially empty, Fellini's last hit movie skims over the surface of the lives it depicts, substituting manufactured sentiment for genuine feeling or understanding.

Full Review… | April 27, 2009

Amarcord will make you howl with laughter and then choke back a tear. And all the while you'll be building your own memories of this landmark movie.

April 23, 2009
Kansas City Star

Watching the movie feels like flipping through a cartoon sketchbook of Fellini's vivid remembrances and formative experiences.

Full Review… | April 14, 2009
Philadelphia Weekly

I'm not sure how Amarcord played in the '70s, but now it feels like an affectionate parody of Italian movie conventions.

Full Review… | March 27, 2009
St. Paul Pioneer Press

Amarcord is Fellini's scrapbook of memories culled from his own life and it is completely engaging and delightful.

Full Review… | March 17, 2009
KPBS.org

It's one of the noted Italian directors more vibrant films that captures him at his most playful and incisive.

Full Review… | March 1, 2009
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

What's so surprising about this film is just how loose and effortlessly enjoyable it is, despite all its ideas and images. It's one of the director's very best.

Full Review… | January 16, 2009
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Audience Reviews for Amarcord

Many would suggest that Amarcord is now a little dated, maybe it is but what a time. This film is hilarious and riddled with classic funny scenes that you've just got to love. Fellini's childhood, warts and all, are remembered here, all fondly, no matter what regret or want to forget exist. It is a magical window into the life of a colourful village set in the 1930's, with all walks of life, emotion and personal issues covered. The scenes on Fascism are piratically poignant and all though it can seem a little 'Carry on' at times, there is nothing I can say I dislike about it, quite the opposite in fact.

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SirPant
Anthony Lawrie

Super Reviewer

½

I admit I've never been a huge Fellini fan, but I found Amarcord to be quite engaging. If anything, it's a portrait of humanity at its most interesting. The movie is funny, strange and surreal, but all at the same time being grounded in the reality of the story. The only minor problem that I had with it is its leisurely pace during portions of the film when you just want to move on to the next adventure. I may be alone in that, but I felt it watching it. Otherwise, the film is a wonderful look at growing up in Italy through the eyes of Frederico Fellini.

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FilmFanatik
Tim Salmons

Super Reviewer

½

An unorthodox semi-autobiography of director Federico Fellini, 1930's Italy, Amarcord is a vivid and ill-tempered mock of the personal youth of the director-author enriched by adolescent desires and social-political subtexts. Bellissima!

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Jan Marc Macababayao

Super Reviewer

As you watch the film, you can tell you are on an incredibly personal journey. Fellini displays the delinquency of youth put against the backdrop of a land with such rich history. All within the context of Fascist rule in Italy. I didn't know Fellini had such a great sense of humor.

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Reid Volk

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