Il Divo Reviews

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Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight
April 2, 2010
A fascinating history of recent Italian politics.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Sean Axmaker
Seanax.com
December 5, 2009
... not so much a savage satire as one disenchanted with the institutional corruption of politics.
Sarah Boslaugh
Playback:stl
September 11, 2009
... Sorrentino avoids the dreary conventions of the biopic in favor of a cheeky mix of music montages, dramatic re-enactments and hilariously deadpan takes ....
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Andrew Wright
The Stranger (Seattle, WA)
September 2, 2009
Combining clammy skin, busy hands, and a posture reminiscent of Snoopy in his vulture phase, [Servillo] (re-)creates a fascinating monster ... Given some CliffsNotes, the surrounding film might even be worthy of him.
Top Critic
August 23, 2009
The film takes flight on the brilliant title performance by Tony Servillo (Gomorrah), who plays Andreotti like a mummified Alec Guinness, as if encased in layers of plaster of Paris.
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
July 21, 2009
Inventive and fun... Toni Servillo gives a truly exquisite performance, easily the finest seen on U.S. screens in 2009 thus far.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Liz Braun
Jam! Movies
July 10, 2009
This is a spectacular film about corruption in high places, specifically as that relates to the political life of Giulio Andreotti, seven times prime minister of Italy and a senator for life.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
July 10, 2009
We may not know the man, but we know the dance, as seen in the highly diverting and hugely controversial Il Divo, a biopic as wly as its subject.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Brian Tallerico
Movie Retriever
July 10, 2009
A stunning piece of work that feels both familiar and completely unique at the same time.
Peter Sobczynski
eFilmCritic.com
July 9, 2009
Servillo does such a good job of suggesting the drive and intelligence of the man that he automatically becomes one of the great recent cinematic symbols of absolute political power and the questionable means utilized in order to achieve it.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
July 9, 2009
After I saw Il Divo, I suppose I should have felt indignation. I suppose I should also have felt that way after "The Godfather." But such films present such mesmerizing figures that I simply regard them, astonished.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Eric D. Snider
EricDSnider.com
July 2, 2009
Even with no knowledge of Italian government, you can enjoy this hip, un-stodgy, grimly entertaining dissection of it.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Kerry Lengel
Arizona Republic
June 30, 2009
The enigmatic Andreotti is the perfect subject for a biopic in the European tradition.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)
June 26, 2009
You may not leave the theater with a firmer grasp of Italian politics, but you will leave with an appreciation of some outstanding filmmaking.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Shawn Levy
Oregonian
June 26, 2009
There is sufficient power in the imagery and performances to make Il Divo worth hacking through.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
June 5, 2009
All in all, this phenomenal film illustrates Alexis de Tocqueville's observation that "The people get the government they deserve." In both meanings of the word, Il Divo is sensational.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
June 4, 2009
Il Divo joins Matteo Garrone's more expansive, more extraordinary Gomorrah -- which contains an even better performance from Servillo -- as a grim portrait of the trouble with modern Italy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
May 29, 2009
...we get a in depth look into Italian politics. But, you don't need to be familiar with that country's volatile recent years to enjoy a fine piece of filmmaking.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
May 28, 2009
Should you go into this movie with no knowledge of this slice of history, you'll not only learn something, but you'll be so entertained you may find yourself laughing out loud (when you're not shaking your head).
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Kristin Tillotson
Minneapolis Star Tribune
May 28, 2009
A must-see for political junkies of any nationality.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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