Io non ho paura (I'm Not Scared) Reviews

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
February 9, 2006
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David Denby
New Yorker
August 1, 2004
A lyrical throwback to such movies as René Clément's Forbidden Games (1952) and other works of the humanist European cinema of a half century ago.
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
May 27, 2004
The director reminds us that not all films require a breakneck pace or ridiculous twists to be effective.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
May 14, 2004
The performances are all terrific. Each one suggests an entire story that we can only glimpse.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
May 8, 2004
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Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
May 7, 2004
An accomplished and evocative thriller from Italy.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
May 7, 2004
An Italian drama that restores the overused phrase 'loss of innocence' to something meaningful and memorable.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
May 7, 2004
A good story told with energy and efficiency.
| Original Score: B+
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Michael Booth
Denver Post
May 7, 2004
Salvatores remains admirably literal throughout the story, but his camera evokes all kinds of mystical possibilities.
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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
May 6, 2004
A collection of juxtapositions: bucolic countryside opposite jangling nerves. Innocent childhood opposite a boy subjected to unspeakable horror. Love opposite fear.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
May 6, 2004
Haunting and suspenseful.
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
May 6, 2004
Rana's anxiety, stacked on top of that of the politically tense region, creates a pitched emotional drama made more gripping by its real-world setting.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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David Rooney
Variety
April 27, 2004
Salvatores' classically illustrative treatment should open arthouse doors for the visually sumptuous production.
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Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
April 27, 2004
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
April 23, 2004
It's the kind of stomach-churning bedtime story that encourages us to be afraid, without ever being able to reassure us, like a parent, that it'll all be okay in the end.
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
April 23, 2004
A well-mounted movie, I'm Not Scared is good but it seems even better because of its evocative setting.
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
April 23, 2004
Makes bland international entertainment out of specific historical trauma.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
April 23, 2004
Both atmospheric thriller and heartbreaking coming-of-age tale.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Carla Meyer
San Francisco Chronicle
April 23, 2004
A beautifully shot and compelling blend of thriller and coming-of-age drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
April 23, 2004
A reminder of true childhood, of its fears and speculations, of the way a conversation can be overheard but not understood, of the way that the shape of the adult world forms slowly through the mist.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
April 23, 2004
Watching it is like being lost in somebody's richly moody campfire story.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
April 23, 2004
Yet another sad tumble from promise into violation, from the white-heat of bliss to the ashes of banality.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
April 22, 2004
A thriller of conviction, class and deceptive simplicity.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
April 22, 2004
Both a spooky reverie about childhood and a slow-burning suspenser in which conspiracy and betrayal shake the foundations of a boy's life.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Robert K. Elder
Chicago Tribune
April 22, 2004
A virtuoso piece of dark storytelling.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
April 12, 2004
[It's] so perfectly written and paced.
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Gene Seymour
Newsday
April 9, 2004
Few movies purporting to chronicle loss of innocence convey its jolt and sadness as effectively.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Lisa Rose
Newark Star-Ledger
April 9, 2004
At the bottom of it all lies nothing more than a by-the-numbers Hollywood thriller.
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
April 8, 2004
This satisfying adaptation of a popular novel is mostly an artistic reflection on youthful loss of innocence.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Robert Abele
L.A. Weekly
April 8, 2004
Agreeably gripping coming-of-age thriller.
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
April 8, 2004
Powerfully and palpably capturing the isolation, confusion and unnameable fears of childhood.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
April 8, 2004
Although this visually dazzling movie from Italy takes on many of the characteristics of a conventional thriller, it refuses to go for cheap, vicious shocks.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
April 8, 2004
With a graceful confidence Salvatores has made a movie in which good and evil flow into each other as easily as day and night.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
April 8, 2004
A fierce, frightening and deeply moving study of childhood.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
April 7, 2004
With a taste for dark lyricism, the director delicately emphasizes the contrast between surface innocence and subterranean danger, and between grown-up secrets and boyhood bravery.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
April 6, 2004
Acted in one flavor of broadly sliced prosciutto, and marred with familiar digital punctuation, I'm Not Scared needn't be prepped for Hollywood recycling -- it is its own homogenized remake.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
April 6, 2004
With its unique perspective on both the coming-of-age and thriller genres, the movie deserves to be seen by a wider audience than the one that normally frequents subtitled movies.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
February 5, 2004
Taps into the terrifying rush and excitement that accompanies a child's loss of innocence: the dislocating realization that the world is not the safe, neatly ordered place it once seemed to be.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4