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Amarcord

Amarcord (2009)

tomatometer

91

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

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

93

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

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

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91

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Average Rating: 4.2/5
User Ratings: 17,688

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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

Apr 3, 1998

Janus Films

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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.

December 22, 2009 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
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Fellini is so bountiful with incident and observation that he makes most other film makers seem stingy.

April 27, 2009 Full Review Source: TIME Magazine
TIME Magazine
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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.

March 27, 2009 Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune
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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.

March 13, 2009 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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He [Director Fellini] leaves us with the hope that the human comedy just may be able to survive everything.

February 13, 2009 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times
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This Fellini opus is his most accessible to mass audiences since La Dolce Vita.

December 3, 2008 Full Review Source: Variety
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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...

September 8, 2013 Full Review Source: Trespass
Trespass

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

February 26, 2011 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
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.

December 17, 2009 Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix
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?

December 13, 2009 Full Review Source: Flick Filosopher
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.

April 27, 2009 Full Review Source: Film4 | Comment (1)

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.

April 14, 2009 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Weekly
Philadelphia Weekly

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

March 27, 2009 Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press
St. Paul Pioneer Press

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

March 17, 2009 Full Review Source: KPBS.org
KPBS.org

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

March 1, 2009 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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.

January 16, 2009 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
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Audience Reviews for Amarcord

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!
September 10, 2011
Jan Marc Macababayao

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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.
February 9, 2011
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Reid Volk

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Dear Federico Fellini:

I just watched Amarcord, and I'm left wondering: if this was what your youth was like, why am I not more famous? After all, most of the film is spent on the "you" character chasing tail, getting into trouble, listening to "your" parents yell, pissing on the classroom floor, and not really doing much of anything. Your youth was more wasted than Lindsay Lohan on New Years. I understand that this film is a love letter to the town more than a chronicle of your youth, but once you put this film out there for the public, aren't you supposed to elevate the particular to the universal?

What I really want to know is why does everybody like you? I mean Woody Allen thinks you're amazing; Roger Ebert would let you skull fuck him. But I've watched two of your critically acclaimed films - movies that everybody said were good - and I still can't understand the attraction. What is it about you that people like so much? I'm genuinely curious.

I read other reviews of Amarcord, and they said it was a comedy. I was shocked. The guy in the tree screaming "I want a woman" was funny? The fart jokes were material for a film auteur? I'm confused, man.

In the end, what I really want is this: I know you're dead and all that, but if you could make a re-appearance and explain the attraction, I would really appreciate it. Or - and this would make me really happy - could you possibly tell us that your entire canon was a massive practical joke? Basically state that you were drunk most of the time and just threw shit at the wall - wrote the dialogue on the way to the set - and that you were as surprised as anyone when you got awards. I know your busy in the afterlife taking a harp lesson or fucking Marilyn Monroe, but I'm feeling like I'm missing out on something when I watch your movies, and I really want to know what it is.

Thanks,
Jim
January 11, 2011
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Jim Hunter

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