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Amarcord Reviews

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Glenn Dunks

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 Source: Trespass

September 8, 2013
David Fear
Time Out
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Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 5/5

November 18, 2011
Ben Kenigsberg
Time Out
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Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 5/5

November 17, 2011
Gerald Peary
Boston Phoenix

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 Source: Boston Phoenix | Original Score: 3/4

December 17, 2009
Jay Cocks
TIME Magazine
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Fellini is so bountiful with incident and observation that he makes most other film makers seem stingy.

Full Review Source: TIME Magazine

April 27, 2009
Robert W. Butler
Kansas City Star

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.

| Original Score: 4/4

April 23, 2009
Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly

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

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Weekly

April 14, 2009
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press

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

Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press | Original Score: 3.5/4

March 27, 2009
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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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.

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 4/4

March 27, 2009
Beth Accomando

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

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March 17, 2009
Philip Kennicott
Washington Post
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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.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

March 13, 2009
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

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

Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: B+

March 1, 2009
Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
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He [Director Fellini] leaves us with the hope that the human comedy just may be able to survive everything.

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

February 13, 2009
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

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 Source: Combustible Celluloid

January 16, 2009
Variety Staff
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This Fellini opus is his most accessible to mass audiences since La Dolce Vita.

Full Review Source: Variety

December 3, 2008
Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
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Uneven, loosely structured, and at times pretty vulgar as well as sentimental, but with some touching and lovely episodes.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

December 3, 2008
David Fear
Time Out New York
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This collection of vignettes loosely based on the director's adolescence in Rimini feels as if its creator is vividly recalling every fleeting sensation of his early life.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 5/6

December 3, 2008
Lance Goldenberg
Village Voice
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What positions the film among Fellini's greatest are its punctuation points of mysterious beauty.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

December 3, 2008
Cole Smithey

Makes me feel like a boy everytime I see it.

| Original Score: 5/5

July 27, 2007
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly

A memorable last chapter to Fellini's nostalgic screen reminiscences that began in 1953 with I Vitelloni.

Full Review Source: Boulder Weekly | Original Score: 3/4

September 13, 2006
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