Italian for Beginners Reviews

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John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews
June 24, 2011
a lightweight story about matchmaking, the characters make it worth the journey.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 24, 2010
Romantic, often comic but certainly for grownups.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jeffrey Overstreet
Looking Closer
September 21, 2007
A rare delight ... a joyous comedy that is at the same time grounded in real life with characters whose company is a pleasure.
| Original Score: A
Jason Gorber
Film Scouts
June 21, 2007
At the core a sweet, enjoyable movie that even the most casual movie-goer would enjoy.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
December 18, 2002
An incredibly low-rent Danish film, it brings a group of people together in a sweet and charming way, if a little convenient
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Top Critic
Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
November 6, 2002
Scherfig, who has had a successful career in TV, tackles more than she can handle.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan
October 21, 2002
This is a fine ensemble cast.
Danny Minton
KBTV-NBC (Beaumont, TX)
October 20, 2002
Give Italian a try!
Full Review | Original Score: A
Margaret A. McGurk
Cincinnati Enquirer
October 15, 2002
These characters seem refreshingly real in their imperfect selves and their imperfect quest for love and friendship.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Top Critic
Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
August 9, 2002
An engaging Danish movie that rises from the ashes of loneliness and despair to spread feelings of happiness across the screen.
| Original Score: B
Top Critic
Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
July 20, 2002
A rarity: a humane picture about modern romance among believable adults.
Alex Ramirez
Cinenganos
July 4, 2002
Obligada para impotentes, daneses, camareras italianas, profesores de idiomas, y todo aquel que desee una lengua para expresar su amor.
| Original Score: 90
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
June 17, 2002
a delightful romantic comedy with plenty of bite. It's far from a frothy piece, and the characters are complex, laden with plenty of baggage and tinged with tragic undertones.
Andrew Howe
eFilmCritic.com
June 6, 2002
As long as Dogme filmmakers continue to exercise this brand of thoughtful, intelligent filmmaking the movement is in safe hands.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
June 4, 2002
There is pathos in funerals, family issues, and loneliness but it helps the audience connect with the characters and makes them more real - they manage to find laughter even in the darkest of situations.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Lawrence Toppman
Charlotte Observer
May 17, 2002
A dramatic comedy as pleasantly dishonest and pat as any Hollywood fluff.
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
April 26, 2002
This warm and gentle romantic comedy has enough interesting characters to fill several movies, and its ample charms should win over the most hard-hearted cynics.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Sean Means
Salt Lake Tribune
April 26, 2002
Scherfig doesn't let her characters' sadness accumulate, but lets them shed the weight of their emotion by sharing the load.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Laura Bushell
BBC.com
April 15, 2002
Human without being overly sentimental, the film is touching and written with humour.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
April 14, 2002
Will be of interest for anyone seeking unconventional romantic stories as well as those curious about the development of the Dogme movement.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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