Cinema Paradiso (Nuovo Cinema Paradiso) Reviews

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David Jenkins
Little White Lies
December 12, 2013
A bald-faced act of unalloyed, weapons grade sentimentalism in which humanity is drained of anything with even a passing resemblance to a soul.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Jeremy Heilman
MovieMartyr.com
May 1, 2002
It never is afraid to simplify itself further so that no one watching feels left out of its banality.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
October 24, 2005
If too much charm can kill, this emotionally manipulative nostalgic love letter to cinema directed and written by the 32-year-old Giuseppe Tornatore is a killer.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
June 28, 2002
This director's cut -- which adds 51 minutes -- takes a great film and turns it into a mundane soap opera.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
July 19, 2002
The film's final hour, where nearly all the previous unseen material resides, is unconvincing soap opera that Tornatore was right to cut.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Ross Anthony
Hollywood Report Card
January 23, 2006
Some very interesting and important differences, but as a work on its own -- too long, tedius. See the original, nicely-edited version first.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4

TV Guide's Movie Guide
June 13, 2002
Wallows in nostalgia for a mythic moviegoing past that it serves up in self-infatuated gobs.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Brian Viner
Daily Mail [UK]
December 12, 2013
One of the most delightful and affecting of all movie endings.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Guy Lodge
Time Out
December 9, 2013
Returning to cinemas in spiffily remastered form ... the film retains its wide-eyed charm, pitched halfway between unrestrained romanticism and unknowing kitsch.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Scott G. Mignola
Common Sense Media
January 2, 2011
Charming Italian film about friendship, movies.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
January 31, 2003
| Original Score: 3/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
June 28, 2002
I'm happy to have seen it -- not as an alternate version, but as the ultimate exercise in viewing deleted scenes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 1, 2000
This film is sometimes funny, sometimes joyful, and sometimes poignant, but it's always warm, wonderful, and satisfying.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
February 7, 2003
| Original Score: 5/5
Henry Fitzherbert
Daily Express
December 13, 2013
It looks lovely and is full of classic, memorable moments, including a tear-jerking finale.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Scott Weinberg
eFilmCritic.com
August 6, 2003
Cinema Paradiso is laden with wonderful moments and ideas. It's quite simply one of the most beautifully romantic films ever made.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
July 18, 2002
Turns out to be much more complex than the originally released gem.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Robbie Collin
Daily Telegraph
December 12, 2013
Tornatore may have hit a sticky wicket with his subsequent work, but he knew what he was doing here: warning us about the irrational lure of the filmed past, which is to say cinema itself, then ushering us grandly to our seats.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Kit Bowen
Hollywood.com
March 7, 2003
| Original Score: 5/5
Beth Accomando
KPBS.org
June 8, 2008
Cinema Paradiso is for anyone who loves the movies. And Tornatore's final montage of glorious movie images reaffirms the power and magic of cinema.

Boston Phoenix
June 29, 2002
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Arizona Republic
July 19, 2002

Seattle Post-Intelligencer
July 21, 2002
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