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The Italian Reviews

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Robert Davis
Paste Magazine

With a tensed brow, Kolya Spiridonov plays a boy perpetually hovering between anxiety and dogged determination, and the film walks the same line, unsure about where it's going but always moving forward regardless.

Full Review Source: Paste Magazine

June 9, 2008
Tom Dawson
Total Film

Vividly characterised and convincingly acted (not least by Spiridonov), it makes for a fascinating portrait of a post-Communist society beset by crime and despair.

Full Review Source: Total Film | Original Score: 4/5

January 24, 2008
Tim Evans
Sky Movies

A stunningly powerful indictment of the weakest in thrall to a corrupt system.

Full Review Source: Sky Movies

January 24, 2008
Tom Dawson
Film4

An unsentimental and vividly characterized film which successfully combines melodrama and social analysis and features an impressive central performance from Spiridonov.

Full Review Source: Film4 | Original Score: 3.5/5

January 24, 2008

Even when Kravchuck lets the story drift, the boy is a solid anchor.

Full Review Source: BBC.com | Original Score: 3/5

January 24, 2008
David Jenkins
Time Out
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Andrei Kravchuk's film is sensitive to the hilt and pleasingly attuned to the guileless outlook of its hero.

Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 4/6

January 24, 2008
Patrick Peters
Empire Magazine

Despite channeling Dickensian melodrama, first-time director Andrei Kravchuk skilfully avoids wallowing in sentimentality.

Full Review Source: Empire Magazine | Original Score: 3/5

January 24, 2008
Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader
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This 2005 story about a Russian boy whose mother has given him up may be derivative, but it's still engrossing, largely because of its appealing juvenile lead, Kolya Spiridonov.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

December 4, 2007

It's a touching film about a little boy with the determination of a champ.

Full Review Source: TheMovieChicks.com | Original Score: 4/5

November 4, 2007
Amber Wilkinson
Eye for Film

It is hard-hitting, but with none of the fake, over-the-top violence of Hollywood fare, and packs an emotional punch without dredging it with sugar.

Full Review Source: Eye for Film | Original Score: 4/5

August 9, 2007
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

What really makes this potentially melodramatic story so powerful is the incredibly intense and focused presence of little Kolya Spiridonov, who makes you believe Vanya's determination and grit every step of the way.

Full Review Source: Capital Times (Madison, WI) | Original Score: 3/4

May 25, 2007
Chris Kaltenbach
Baltimore Sun

Like Vittorio De Sica, one of the great Italian neo-realists, Kravchuk populates his film with people, not paradigms; his characters are capable of good and evil, sometimes in equal measure.

Full Review Source: Baltimore Sun | Original Score: B+

May 19, 2007
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope

It is about love, family, and the power of kindness to overcome the cruelty in the world.

Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope | Original Score: B

May 14, 2007
Robert W. Butler
Kansas City Star

There are shocking and heartbreaking moments scattered throughout The Italian, but [director] Kravchuk approaches them with a nonjudgmental, observational style that avoids most of the pitfalls of melodrama.

| Original Score: 3/4

May 11, 2007
Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

A throwback to neo-realist filmmaking . . . snowballs in emotion until later scenes are stomach-knotting in their tension. The film largely avoids sentiment with its muted score and shadowed close-ups.

May 9, 2007
Jonathan F. Richards
Film.com
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This film is about many things, but the magic key that unlocks the treasure chest is literacy.

Full Review Source: Film.com

April 30, 2007
Teresa Wiltz
Washington Post
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At times, the difficulties that Vanya encounters strain credulity. The Italian doesn't bother to infuse its characters with complex motivations. They're either Bad or Good.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

April 27, 2007
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

An odd, beguiling little movie -- about two parts Dickens (with some Dickensian Chaplin thrown in) to one part Italian neorealist cinema.

Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC) | Original Score: 4/5

April 25, 2007
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile

With a riveting performance by young Kolya Spiridonov as the six year old Vanya, The Italian is a bitter sweet drama that captures the heartbreaking squalor of Russian orphans while highlighting the power of the spirit.

Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile

April 21, 2007
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

Cinematographer Aleksandr Burov captures a land of frost-coated fields, cracked plaster walls and weed-choked railways with a photojournalist's eye for the telling detail.

| Original Score: 3/4

April 6, 2007
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