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Facing Windows Reviews

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Time Out
January 26, 2006
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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
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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
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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
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
July 23, 2004
| Original Score: C+
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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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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.
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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.'
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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
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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
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Charles Ealy
Dallas Morning News
July 8, 2004
A quiet, lovely, thoughtful Italian movie.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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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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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
June 25, 2004
Beautiful to look at and acted with full and tempestuous conviction, it still seems to be taking place in an apartment far across the way.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
June 24, 2004
In a strange way, Facing Windows harks back to the glorious dawn of Italian Neorealism 60 years ago. And yet it is luminously contemporary in its rediscovery of a long-buried past, both personal and historical.
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Gene Seymour
Newsday
June 18, 2004
It's Girotti, a now-deceased veteran of classic films by such great directors as Roberto Rosselini and Luchino Visconti, whose polished restraint and leathery dignity lends authoritative heft to the movie's self-help bromides.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Lisa Rose
Newark Star-Ledger
June 18, 2004
Essentially, it is a love story, but it's one that both cynics and romantics can embrace.
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
June 18, 2004
Gets off to a worthy start, but falls apart about halfway through.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
June 18, 2004
It's a potent tale, wonderfully acted by Mezzogiorno and Massimo Girotti as the old man.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
June 17, 2004
This lush, surreally flavored immersion in voyeurism and romantic dreams muses on many of the same themes as Alfred Hitchcock's Rear Window and Vertigo.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Scott Foundas
L.A. Weekly
June 17, 2004
Structurally, it's ambitious, but emotionally the movie never quite connects.
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Jessica Winter
Village Voice
June 15, 2004
Blends past and present to draw some utterly stupefying parallels.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
June 14, 2004
Probably best skipped -- unless you have a penchant for shallow, 'comfortable' foreign films that offer obvious messages and never attempt to challenge the viewer.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4