Baarža Reviews

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Top Critic
John Hartl
Seattle Times
January 27, 2011
The picture does have its plodding moments - but there's enough left over for the rest of us to have a reasonably good time.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Ellen E Jones
Total Film
July 29, 2010
Baaria is like a pleasant package holiday: alfresco dinners, strolls through lemon orchards.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Allan Hunter
Daily Express
July 26, 2010
If you have ever smiled at a Bertoli commercial it could be just the film for you.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Ian Freer
Empire Magazine
July 22, 2010
Although at times it feels a little too packed, taking a closer look into fascist times, war and the notorious Italian mafia through the eyes of every day people is refreshing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Trevor Johnston
Time Out
July 22, 2010
It's a shame Tornatore's movie, impressive statement though it is, never musters the emotional potency that would make it really special.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Alan Jones
Radio Times
July 22, 2010
From the magical realist opening to the operatic finale, everything in this ravishingly photographed scrapbook of sun-kissed memories and picture-postcard nostalgia is sweeping, involving, romantic and disarmingly sentimental.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Simon Miraudo
Quickflix
February 6, 2011
I'm all for bloated, confusing, directorial vanity projects like Synecdoche New York and 8 1/2. But Synecdoche New York and 8 1/2 this ain't.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
July 26, 2010
All sweep, no substance.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
July 22, 2010
It's a colossal Stella Artois ad.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Robbie Collin
News of the World
July 22, 2010
There are massive crowd scenes, bombing raids, mafia dramas and nostalgia by the skipload. A film about one or two of these things might have been decent. This film touches on all of them, and ends up being about nothing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon
July 22, 2010
Giuseppe Tornatore's sprawling, epic family drama is well acted and beautifully shot, but it's also much too long and lacks narrative focus.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Top Critic
Jay Weissberg
Variety
February 23, 2012
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