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I Am Love (2010)



Average Rating: 7.2/10
Reviews Counted: 123
Fresh: 99 | Rotten: 24

It stumbles into melodrama, but I Am Love backs up its flamboyance with tremendous visual style and a marvelous central performance from Tilda Swinton.


Average Rating: 7.5/10
Critic Reviews: 34
Fresh: 28 | Rotten: 6

It stumbles into melodrama, but I Am Love backs up its flamboyance with tremendous visual style and a marvelous central performance from Tilda Swinton.



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This lavish, sprawling drama from filmmaker Luca Guadagnino has drawn numerous comparisons to the films of Luchino Visconti for the grace with which it plumbs the inner workings of the Italian upper crust. Edoardo Recchi Sr. (Gabriele Ferzetti) is the aging patriarch of a Milanese clan that has amassed a significant fortune over the years through shrewd investments in the textile business. Edoardo Sr. has a beautiful wife, Allegra (Marisa Berenson), and the two have a reliable and dependable

Oct 12, 2010


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All Critics (123) | Top Critics (34) | Fresh (99) | Rotten (24) | DVD (3)

The grand architecture of Milan and the icy rhythms of composer John Adams set the tone for this elegant Italian drama about the suffocating power of family, wealth, and tradition.

December 14, 2010 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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There's no getting around the fact that this is elegant soap opera,. It won't appeal to every taste. But it's sensational to look at, powerfully acted, and delivers a bang for the emotional buck.

August 4, 2010 Full Review Source:
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Despite a superb cast and a fabulous look, the picture collapses under the weight of its lofty pretensions, especially in the black hole of the last act, where it topples into near-absurdity.

July 16, 2010 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Comment (1)
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If you're not in the mood, the whole thing will probably seem pretty silly. But if you are -- oh, if you are -- I Am Love may be the richest, tastiest truffle you're likely to savor all summer.

July 8, 2010 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
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The overripe ending, heated by the percolating music of John Adams, is heavy seasoning on a delicate dish.

July 8, 2010 Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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An intimate, quiet and even slow movie, its subtle shadings veil turbulent emotions.

July 7, 2010 Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel
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anybody who wants to experience cinema at its most cinematic and grand should rush and experience it for themselves. It is a truly stunning motion picture and one that ranks as the best film 2010 has so far offered.

September 15, 2013 Full Review Source: Trespass

The predictable end, which comes with an abruptness that feels altogether too constructed, completes the fantasy of transgression that's at the heart of the movie's appeal, however elaborate the trappings.

June 28, 2013 Full Review Source: Film Comment Magazine
Film Comment Magazine

...a frustratingly uneven bit of over-the-top filmmaking...

March 19, 2011 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

The marriage of music and image seldom gets better than this.

February 23, 2011 Full Review Source: JWR

For me the obvious attempts at enhancing lushness, rapture, and emotional swings were not connecting. I couldn't help noticing it was trying too hard.

February 1, 2011 Full Review Source: ReelTalk Movie Reviews
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Tilda Swinton is both imperious and vulnerable ... in this lush romantic melodrama that harks back to the heady days of Visconti and Antonioni.

January 31, 2011 Full Review Source: Movie Talk
Movie Talk

Though a flimsy melodrama -- so overdone that it often collapses under filmmaker Luca Guadagnino's ineffable sense of bloat -- Swinton saves the day.

December 29, 2010 Full Review Source: Indie Movies Online
Indie Movies Online

Tilda Swinton shines in overcooked melodrama.

December 24, 2010 Full Review Source:

A high class soap opera

December 9, 2010 Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope
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full review at Movies for the Masses

November 20, 2010 Full Review Source: Movies for the Masses
Movies for the Masses

When the picture ends in full-blown, melodramatic, raise-the-roof fortissimo, we realise everything that had come before (the highs and the lows) was a tantric tease of a crescendo, leading up to an almighty finale.

November 1, 2010 Full Review Source: Quickflix

I am not a fan of romantic movies but I Am Love dives into its romance with such reckless abandon and such an over the top affection for cinema that I could not resist.

October 12, 2010 Full Review Source:

I Am Love is like an impressionist painting, an artwork of thoughtful brushstrokes, each one adding a richness to the overall effect

September 5, 2010 Full Review Source:

You get the feeling Guadagnino wanted to send the same thrill up the spine of jaded modern moviegoers that audiences got at the movies a half-century ago, and in this "I Am Love" succeeds wildly.

August 26, 2010 Full Review Source: Wisconsin State Journal
Wisconsin State Journal

The highest praise is that it lives up to its extravagant title

August 21, 2010 Full Review Source: CinePassion

Grandiose family drama packed with rich scenery, stirring performances and comprehensive camerawork - if only the rest wasn't so boring.

August 13, 2010 Full Review Source:

... there are times that Guadagnino's symbolic imagery takes on the risible baroqueness of an extremely well-made Duran Duran video. Yet through it all, Swinton is impeccable, and maybe ostentatiously brave.

August 10, 2010 Full Review Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

I'm calling 'I Am Love' the best movie of the year to date; a companion viewer called it 'repulsive'... Does one opinion invalidate the other? The movie is complex enough to invite such questions, and rich enough to resist answers.

August 2, 2010 Full Review Source: Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN) | Comments (2)
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Audience Reviews for I Am Love

A bit melodramatic but worth watching.
February 11, 2014

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Excruciatingly slow, overblown melodrama.
July 28, 2013

Super Reviewer

Something like Dallas, Italian Style, 3 1/2 Stars 9-24-12
September 24, 2012
Bruce Bruce

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I loved "I am Love", this sweeping Italian melodrama is the most elegant modern romance film I've seen in a long time. Beautiful.
April 2, 2012

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