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I Am Love (2010)


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

Critics Consensus: 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
Reviews Counted: 34
Fresh: 28
Rotten: 6

Critics Consensus: 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: 3.5/5
User Ratings: 15,642


Movie Info

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 … More

R (for sexuality and nudity)
Art House & International , Drama
Directed By:
Written By:
Luca Guadagnino
In Theaters:
Oct 12, 2010
Box Office:
Magnolia Pictures - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for I Am Love

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.

Full Review… | December 14, 2010
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | August 4, 2010
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | July 16, 2010
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | July 8, 2010
Boston Globe
Top Critic

The overripe ending, heated by the percolating music of John Adams, is heavy seasoning on a delicate dish.

Full Review… | July 8, 2010
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Top Critic

An intimate, quiet and even slow movie, its subtle shadings veil turbulent emotions.

Full Review… | July 7, 2010
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | September 15, 2013

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.

Full Review… | June 28, 2013
Film Comment Magazine

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

Full Review… | March 19, 2011
Reel Film Reviews

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

Full Review… | February 23, 2011

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.

Full Review… | February 1, 2011
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

Tilda Swinton is both imperious and vulnerable ... in this lush romantic melodrama that harks back to the heady days of Visconti and Antonioni.

Full Review… | January 31, 2011
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.

Full Review… | December 29, 2010
Indie Movies Online

Tilda Swinton shines in overcooked melodrama.

Full Review… | December 24, 2010

A high class soap opera

Full Review… | December 9, 2010
Laramie Movie Scope

full review at Movies for the Masses

Full Review… | November 20, 2010
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.

Full Review… | November 1, 2010

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.

Full Review… | October 12, 2010

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

Full Review… | September 5, 2010

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.

Full Review… | August 26, 2010
Wisconsin State Journal

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

Full Review… | August 21, 2010

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

Full Review… | August 13, 2010

... 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.

Full Review… | August 10, 2010
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.

Full Review… | August 2, 2010
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

Audience Reviews for I Am Love

A bit melodramatic but worth watching.

Wildaly M

Super Reviewer


Excruciatingly slow, overblown melodrama.

Ross Collins

Super Reviewer


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

Bruce Bruce

Super Reviewer

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

Jeremy Smith

Super Reviewer

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