Pranzo di Ferragosto (Mid-August Lunch) - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Pranzo di Ferragosto (Mid-August Lunch) Reviews

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Jamie S. Rich
July 30, 2014
Di Gregorio stars in the film as well as writing and directing, and a more charming mealtime companion you're not likely to find.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Nicolas Rapold
Film Comment Magazine
November 13, 2013
Shot handheld and mostly confined to the apartment, the film is (despite some mild food tourism) a delightful feat
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
October 8, 2010
[A] unique recipe, a bittersweet comedy/drama, with a dash of realism.
Rob Thomas
Wisconsin State Journal
August 26, 2010
What a pleasure it is to see a film that treats the elderly as more just the sum of their age spots.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Kimberley Jones
Austin Chronicle
June 4, 2010
These women! These women are marvelous.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Liz Braun
Jam! Movies
May 21, 2010
This is a small, perfectly delicious film. The actors are magical.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Linda Barnard
Toronto Star
May 20, 2010
A simple and endlessly charming look at a weekend in the life of an uncomplicated middle-aged man living with his aging mama.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Dan Lybarger
May 16, 2010
Novice feature director Gianni Di Gregorio has made a terrific and warm little comedy by only occasionally leaving his apartment in Rome.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Robert W. Butler
Kansas City Star
May 14, 2010
It's a gentle meditation on food and companionship.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Sarah Boslaugh
May 7, 2010
[Di Gregorio] draws wonderfully unfussy performances from his nonprofessional cast and ... produces a film which feels so natural that it seems to be capturing real life
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
May 6, 2010
Mid-August Lunch is a sweet-spirited gem, warmly comic while showing the hassles of caring for aging relatives more honestly than 10 family sagas from Hollywood.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
April 29, 2010
Not much happens in this wisp of a movie (it's barely 75 minutes), and not much is necessary; it's all about finding a mood and letting it sneak up and envelop the watcher.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jeff Meyers
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
April 26, 2010
Easy as a Sunday morning ...
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Tom Long
Detroit News
April 23, 2010
A tasty tidbit of a film, Mid-August Lunch is one of those movies where almost nothing happens but it happens quite nicely.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Sam Adams
Philadelphia City Paper
April 23, 2010
As shimmering and insubstantial as heat haze... an airy morsel that dissolves on the tongue, imparting only the faintest hint of flavor.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
April 23, 2010
You'd have trouble finding another movie with such unforced appreciation of its elderly characters or such intelligent understanding of old age.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Richard Knight
Windy City Times
April 12, 2010
A delightful homage to the simple pleasures that life can offer no matter the age.
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
April 9, 2010
The droll Mid-August is a tribute to the gentle skills of Italian filmmaker Gianni Di Gregorio, who not only wrote and directed this unhurried chamber piece but also starred in it as a character he named after himself.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Brent Simon
Shared Darkness
April 7, 2010
There's no grand drama or payoff to sleepy Italian import Mid-August Lunch -- this is essentially Polaroid-type, snapshot cinema. But there is truth here, and in truth there is always some value.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Keith Phipps
AV Club
April 1, 2010
It's a trifle, but a trifle that sticks.
Full Review | Original Score: B

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