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La Dolce Vita Reviews

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
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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.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

May 8, 2007
Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
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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?

Full Review Source: The New Republic

May 1, 2013
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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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 Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 5/5

October 15, 2004
Steven Snyder
Zertinet Movies

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 Source: Zertinet Movies | Original Score: 3.5/4

December 27, 2004
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

...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

June 13, 2007
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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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 Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3/4

January 1, 2000
Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
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Marcello's journey is a string of remarkable vignettes that delivers fashion and sociology in equal measure.

Full Review Source: Denver Post

December 24, 2004
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star

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 Source: Arizona Daily Star | Original Score: 4/4

December 11, 2006
Matthew Connolly
Slant Magazine

What is happiness within the film's world? Fellini offers no easy answers.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 4/4

June 3, 2011
Rick Mele

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 Source: | Original Score: 93/100

February 17, 2010
Anton Bitel
Movie Gazette

A timeless, bittersweet carnival of severed roots, disintegrating values, lost innocence and dumbing down. Unmissable!

Full Review Source: Movie Gazette | Original Score: 10/10

October 30, 2004
Cole Smithey

| Original Score: 5/5

January 6, 2006
Cole Smithey
Daily Radar

The satire on display is so simultaneously subtle yet blatant that the movie itself is intoxicating.

Full Review Source: Daily Radar | Original Score: A+

April 24, 2009
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

It's just perfect.

Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid | Original Score: 4/4

August 30, 2004
Fran Hortop

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 Source: Film4 | Original Score: 5/5

April 20, 2009
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

| Original Score: 4/5

August 9, 2002
Arthur Lazere

Rich in intelligent shares some wisdom without being preachy, always with Fellini's gift for entertaining and amusing us.

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January 1, 2000
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis

| Original Score: 5/5

September 27, 2002
Jeremiah Kipp

As thought provoking as it is playful, as tragic as it is hilarious, La Dolce Vita is prime Fellini.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 5/5

December 23, 2002
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews

| Original Score: 5/5

July 1, 2003
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