• IL Divo
    2 minutes 7 seconds
    Added: Apr 9, 2009

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Il Divo Reviews

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Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight

A fascinating history of recent Italian politics.

Full Review Source: Cinema Sight | Original Score: 3.5/4

April 2, 2010
Sean Axmaker
Seanax.com

... not so much a savage satire as one disenchanted with the institutional corruption of politics.

Full Review Source: Seanax.com

December 5, 2009
Sarah Boslaugh
Playback:stl

... 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 Source: Playback:stl | Original Score: 7/10

September 11, 2009
Andrew Wright
The Stranger (Seattle, WA)

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.

Full Review Source: The Stranger (Seattle, WA)

September 2, 2009
Jonathan F. Richards
Film.com
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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.

Full Review Source: Film.com

August 23, 2009
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

Inventive and fun... Toni Servillo gives a truly exquisite performance, easily the finest seen on U.S. screens in 2009 thus far.

Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy | Original Score: 8/10

July 21, 2009
Liz Braun
Jam! Movies

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 Source: Jam! Movies | Original Score: 4/5

July 10, 2009
Peter Howell
Toronto Star
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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 Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 3.5/4

July 10, 2009
Brian Tallerico
Movie Retriever

A stunning piece of work that feels both familiar and completely unique at the same time.

Full Review Source: Movie Retriever

July 10, 2009
Peter Sobczynski
eFilmCritic.com

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.

Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com

July 9, 2009
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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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 Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3.5/4

July 9, 2009
Eric D. Snider
EricDSnider.com

Even with no knowledge of Italian government, you can enjoy this hip, un-stodgy, grimly entertaining dissection of it.

Full Review Source: EricDSnider.com | Original Score: A

July 2, 2009
Kerry Lengel
Arizona Republic
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The enigmatic Andreotti is the perfect subject for a biopic in the European tradition.

Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 4/5

June 30, 2009
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

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 Source: Capital Times (Madison, WI) | Original Score: 3.5/4

June 26, 2009
Shawn Levy
Oregonian

There is sufficient power in the imagery and performances to make Il Divo worth hacking through.

Full Review Source: Oregonian | Original Score: B

June 26, 2009
Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
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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 Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Original Score: 3.5/4

June 5, 2009
Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
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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 Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 3/4

June 4, 2009
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews

...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 Source: Reeling Reviews | Original Score: A-

May 29, 2009
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews

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 Source: Reeling Reviews | Original Score: B+

May 28, 2009
Kristin Tillotson
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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A must-see for political junkies of any nationality.

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 4/4

May 28, 2009
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