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Il Divo Reviews

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Simon Abrams
New York Press
April 22, 2009
Sorrentino's version of Andreotti's story is thus only really fascinating as a bloated vanity project, one that is unlikely to win him many new American defenders.
Jeremy Heilman
MovieMartyr.com
August 6, 2008
Somewhat singular because of its sheer force of will, but ultimately puzzling, Il Divo is hard to discredit entirely, because it so clearly operates on its own terms.
Full Review | Original Score: 41/100
Harvey S. Karten
Compuserve
March 31, 2009
If even Il Divo's wife claims not to know him, how can we?
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
April 24, 2009
So much half-digested information is expelled, so many key incidents skate by, that the effect is like being force-fed a history lesson you never wanted to sit through in the first place.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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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
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Ella Taylor
Village Voice
April 22, 2009
Hard on the heels of the acclaimed Gomorrah, Italian corruption gets a much quieter but equally vigorous workout in Paolo Sorrentino's highly stylized portrait of the country's most enduring political leader.
Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru
April 24, 2009
boasts a bravura performance by Toni Servillo, stylish cinematography and a provocative premise, but it often feels convoluted and leaves you emotionally detached from the events onscreen. It's often compelling as a political thriller, but lacks insight a
Full Review | Original Score: 6.0/10
Chris Barsanti
Filmcritic.com
April 23, 2009
Il Divo is as showy as Gomorrah was spare, sometimes taking your breath away with its gutsy leaps of brilliance and sometimes acting like a bratty child desperate for attention.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Anton Bitel
Film4
March 4, 2009
Often funny and always thrilling, this vibrant portrait of one of Italy's most agile political survivors has warnings for us all about the quieter exercises of power.
Bill Weber
Slant Magazine
April 22, 2009
A baroque high comedy of endemic corruption, Il Divo doesn't treat the early-'90s scandal that brought down Italian Prime Minister Giulio Andreotti as a tragedy, thriller, or tale of long-delayed comeuppance, but with resigned wit and florid carica
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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
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
Matthew Nestel
Boxoffice Magazine
April 27, 2009
The switchblade style of snappy scenes and quick cuts delivers juicy, visual delight.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
April 24, 2009
As a primer to modern Italian politics, "Il Divo" is like touring the subject in a candy-apple-red Ferrari. You might not learn much, but you will remember the experience.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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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
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Peter Brunette
Hollywood Reporter
October 18, 2008
At long last in this year's Cannes Competition, a film on a serious subject that nevertheless consistently entertains and often makes you laugh out loud.
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.
Brian Tallerico
Movie Retriever
July 10, 2009
A stunning piece of work that feels both familiar and completely unique at the same time.
Lee Marshall
Screen International
October 18, 2008
If the director never quite gets to the heart of the man, that's part of his point: Andreotti emerges from the film as a collection of fragments.
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