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Facing Windows Reviews

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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
July 22, 2004
It's a corny and utterly implausible story in many ways -- but, like The Notebook, it's an implausible romance that connects with us because of the lush style and the power of the performances.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
July 21, 2004
Ozpetek is an enriching director. More than a presentation of its contents, every scene seems also to be a distillation of the matters that led to it.
M.E. Russell
Oregonian
July 16, 2004
Terrific performance by Mezzogiorno grounds a lovely, if flawed, film.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
David Elliott
San Diego Union-Tribune
July 16, 2004
The Italians do a sort of romantic film best, but they start with a big edge: Italy. In Facing Windows, they have Rome and the warm colors and the food, and a very good cast led by immensely appealing Giovanna Mezzogiorno.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
July 16, 2004
This glossy veneer of artificiality, handled masterfully in the films of Douglas Sirk, Todd Haynes and Pedro Almodovar, doesn't feel classic here so much as cheesy.
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
July 16, 2004
It's Italian, it's actually quite mesmerizing in the manner of '50s psychological melodrama held together by incredible coincidences, everyone in it is splendidly attractive, and when you get out, you will be thinking: 'I have to get a pie soon.'
Doug Hennessy
Filmcritic.com
July 13, 2004
The "follow your bliss" message is groan-worthy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
July 10, 2004
The parts are never integrated into a smoothly satisfying whole...as such it doesn't quite delight the cinematic palate.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
July 9, 2004
It's ultimately as soft and hollow as fresh-baked Italian bread.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Liz Braun
Jam! Movies
July 9, 2004
This is a beautifully written, grown-up story about choices, regrets and the passage of time.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle
July 9, 2004
Thanks to a soulful performance by Giovanna Mezzogiorno, it's also eminently watchable, even as we resist its machinations.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
July 9, 2004
Fluidly directed, superbly acted, boasting a story that wraps itself snugly around big emotional issues but stops just short of sentimentality.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Harvey S. Karten
Compuserve
July 8, 2004
Nicely captures the changing emotions of a woman who is married to a boor.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Charles Ealy
Dallas Morning News
July 8, 2004
A quiet, lovely, thoughtful Italian movie.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals
July 5, 2004
While story faults glare, the draw that satisfies is Mezzogiorno's performance, one that speaks of a deeply internal conviction in the woman she's portraying.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Paul Sherman
Boston Herald
July 3, 2004
A long film that is short on payoff.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Deborah Young
Variety
June 29, 2004
Though the film's multiple strands strain to blend, they do give the protags' ill-fated romance a level of deeper, more involving meaning.
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Richard James Havis
Hollywood Reporter
June 29, 2004
This too-sentimental drama does feature a sterling performance by Giovanna Mezzogiorno as a love-struck housewife dissatisfied with her lot, thus providing the only watchable element of an otherwise disappointing movie.
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Carla Meyer
San Francisco Chronicle
June 25, 2004
Poignant and carefully observed.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
June 25, 2004
A movie to treasure.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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