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Amarcord Reviews

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Christopher Long
Movie Metropolis

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

Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis | Original Score: 5/10

February 26, 2011
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher

[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 Source: Flick Filosopher

December 13, 2009
Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
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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 Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 2.5/4

December 22, 2009

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 Source: Film4

April 27, 2009
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
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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A totally accessible film. It deals directly, hilariously, and sometimes poignantly with the good people of this small town.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 4/4

January 15, 2004
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
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
Cole Smithey

Makes me feel like a boy everytime I see it.

| Original Score: 5/5

July 27, 2007
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
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
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
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
Christopher Null

It's the more fanciful and lighthearted first half of the film (obviously a big inspiration for some of Woody Allen's work) that works the best.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 3.5/5

June 19, 2001
Dan Jardine
All Movie Guide

Fellini's whimsical and tender semi-autobiographical film is one of his best works.

Full Review Source: All Movie Guide | Original Score: 4.5/5

September 24, 2001
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

| Original Score: 3/5

March 27, 2004
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
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals

| Original Score: 4/5

June 4, 2004
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal

One of Fellini's wisest, warmest and most wonderful.

| Original Score: 5/5

February 3, 2006
John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews

...for long lasting imagery this nostalgic remembrance is highly entertaining and just may hook a newcomer to foreign film.

Full Review Source: Old School Reviews | Original Score: A

February 24, 2002
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