Facing Windows Reviews

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Boyd van Hoeij
european-films.net
August 17, 2005
Cast and production values are serviceable but bland and there are some hiccoughs in the story, making this intriguing film perhaps best suited for a viewing on DVD at home.
Enrique Buchichio
Uruguay Total
February 7, 2005
Sus mayores logros quizás están en la manipulación de los dos tiempos en que se narra la película (...)
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Anthony Del Valle
Las Vegas Mercury
October 30, 2004
[It] gives off a lot of pleasure: in the performances, the texture, the moment-by-moment changes in emotional temperature.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Sean Means
Salt Lake Tribune
September 20, 2004
Strong performances by Girotti ... and Mezzogiorno make director Fernan Ozpetek's dovetailed stories of forbidden love compelling and vibrant.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
September 17, 2004
A shallow melodrama that seems more suited to daytime television or one of those Lifetime cable network movies.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Matt Kelemen
Las Vegas CityLife
September 9, 2004
Ozpetek continues to explore his pet themes in his latest film while toning down the melodramatic excesses and meandering storylines that dragged down his previous work.
Steve Schneider
Orlando Weekly
August 30, 2004
Undermines its central mystery while posing another: 'What in God's name is this film trying to say?'
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
August 27, 2004
The characters are compelling enough to make it worth plowing through the subtitles.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Neil Smith
BBC.com
August 24, 2004
Blends romance, mystery and fantasy to beguiling, if slightly bewildering, effect.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
August 20, 2004
Aspires to be a self-actualization session for stifled wives, a plea for gay rights, a Holocaust story and a class in pastry appreciation, all at once...
| Original Score: 2/4
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Richard Nilsen
Arizona Republic
August 12, 2004
There are two stories in Facing Windows, one of them profound and deeply moving, the other pure soap opera.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Kevin Lally
Film Journal International
August 8, 2004
Provides a fine showcase for a rising star of Italian cinema, Giovanna Mezzogiorno ... and a final salute to an Italian veteran, Massimo Girotti.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
August 2, 2004
Its easily digestible lessons on life failed to stimulate my more hard-edged appetite.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Marrit Ingman
Austin Chronicle
August 1, 2004
Well-intentioned but overburdened.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
July 30, 2004
Mezzogiorno...rises about the melodrama with a soulful grace that recalls Monica Vitti in her Antonioni films.
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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
July 23, 2004
Ozpetek ends up with a lot of balls in the air, and he has to do some scrambling to keep up. He pulls it off, but it feels like he's making this harder than it needs to be.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
July 23, 2004
As the relationship progresses between Giovanna and Davide, Facing Windows becomes refined with deeper truths.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
July 23, 2004
The mysteries begin to clear up and the movie goes to hell.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
July 23, 2004
Thanks to fine performances and a grounded script, the pieces of this intriguing little puzzle all manage to fit.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
July 22, 2004
The film's puzzlelike structure is a help; Simone's secret may not be hard to guess, but watching him work it out with the aid of Giovanna and Lorenzo consistently holds our interest.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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