Mamma Roma Reviews

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Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
July 30, 2002
| Original Score: 3/5
Fernando F. Croce
September 2, 2013
A world at once mundane and monumental for Pier Paolo Pasolini
Bill Weber
Slant Magazine
January 19, 2011
Pasolini's second film showcases Anna Magnani with a minimum of sentimentality in a bleak, pitiless Eternal City of the early '60s.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Cole Smithey
October 5, 2006
Spectacular in its reverence for the bottom rung of society.
| Original Score: 5/5
Sean Axmaker
Turner Classic Movies Online
March 11, 2009
... draws from the neo-realist tradition, but Pasolini goes beyond the tradition to play with the form and structure.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
September 15, 2012
Magnani is the only professional actor in a cast of non-professionals and her overwrought emotional performance contrasts greatly with all the other natural performances.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Rumsey Taylor
Not Coming to a Theater Near You
July 8, 2004
Because it is sublime, and because the confrontation of many of Pasolini's films can be an intimidation, it is among the controversial director's best films.
Phil Hall
September 7, 2001
Volcanic performance by Anna Magnani.
Jake Euker
June 25, 2004
The highlight are two long takes in which Magnani walks the nighttime streets of Rome, exhilarating, free-wheeling cinematic moments without close parallels anywhere.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Brandon Judell
Entertainment Asylum
June 27, 2007
But in a sense, Pasolini's was the perfect death for someone who lived on the edge, whose art was raw as it could be.
Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle
January 1, 2000
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Emanuel Levy
July 6, 2005
| Original Score: 4/5
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David Fear
Time Out
January 19, 2011
A key transitional work for the cinematic subversive, a seriously damning portrait of maternal martyrdom and, in a killer final shot, upward mobility.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
January 1, 2000
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Derek Adams
Time Out
June 24, 2006
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Edward Guthmann
San Francisco Chronicle
January 1, 2000
Barbara Shulgasser
San Francisco Examiner
January 1, 2000
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
January 15, 2005

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