La Dolce Vita Reviews

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
May 8, 2007
The film was hugely successful and widely praised in its time, though it's really nothing more than the old C.B. De Mille formula of titillation and moralizing.
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Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
May 1, 2013
Fellini has set out to move us with the depravity of contemporary life and has chosen what seems to me a poor method: cataloging sins. Very soon we find ourselves thinking: Is that all?
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
October 15, 2004
It's a comic, cutting and prophetic poem to Rome, movie stars, gossip and the lifestyles we have hungered to know more about ever since the first 'celebrity.'
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Steven Snyder
Zertinet Movies
December 27, 2004
What's incredible about Federico Fellini's work is its sense of life. Never once does this movie feel constructed or contrived, but rather appears to be unraveling before us, unscripted and uninhibited.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
June 13, 2007
...experienced as a series of bizarre vignettes, a headlong rush into the heady air of Rome's Via Veneta , its swank nightclubs and seedy gigolos, the perfume of fame and the stink of money.
Full Review | Original Score: 94/100
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
The movie is made with boundless energy. Fellini stood here at the dividing point between the neorealism of his earlier films ... and the carnival visuals of his extravagant later ones.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
December 24, 2004
Marcello's journey is a string of remarkable vignettes that delivers fashion and sociology in equal measure.
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
December 11, 2006
Federico Fellini's "La Dolce Vita" operates on so many levels that it's tough to know where Fellini is coming from or where he's headed, regardless of how many times you've watched his film.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Matthew Connolly
Slant Magazine
June 3, 2011
What is happiness within the film's world? Fellini offers no easy answers.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Rick Mele
AskMen.com
February 17, 2010
Along with his later 8 1/2, La Dolce Vita is regarded as one of acclaimed Italian director Federico Fellini's best-loved and most influential films. The '60s-set tale of one man's struggle with the so-called "sweet life" stars Marcello Mastroi
Full Review | Original Score: 93/100
Anton Bitel
Movie Gazette
October 30, 2004
A timeless, bittersweet carnival of severed roots, disintegrating values, lost innocence and dumbing down. Unmissable!
Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
January 6, 2006
| Original Score: 5/5
Cole Smithey
Daily Radar
April 24, 2009
The satire on display is so simultaneously subtle yet blatant that the movie itself is intoxicating.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
August 30, 2004
It's just perfect.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Fran Hortop
Film4
April 20, 2009
In spite of its thematic ugliness, this is a stunning-looking trawl through the Italian capital, with Ekberg's impromptu paddle in the Trevi fountain still the films enduring image.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
August 9, 2002
| Original Score: 4/5
Arthur Lazere
culturevulture.net
January 1, 2000
Rich in intelligent observation...it shares some wisdom without being preachy, always with Fellini's gift for entertaining and amusing us.
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
September 27, 2002
| Original Score: 5/5
Jeremiah Kipp
ToxicUniverse.com
December 23, 2002
As thought provoking as it is playful, as tragic as it is hilarious, La Dolce Vita is prime Fellini.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
July 1, 2003
| Original Score: 5/5
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