Pranzo di Ferragosto (Mid-August Lunch) Reviews

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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
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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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Calvin Wilson
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
May 6, 2010
Charming but insignificant.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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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
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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
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
April 23, 2010
If Mid-August Lunch were a meal instead of a movie, it would be something light and quick, but not entirely unsatisfying. A green salad with a couple pieces of grilled shrimp on top, say.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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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
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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
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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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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
March 25, 2010
The movie is a perfect blend of calm execution and uninflected farce.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
March 19, 2010
A droll geriatric comedy set during a Roman holiday in the heat of summer.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
March 17, 2010
The movie glows.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
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Kevin Lee
Time Out
March 17, 2010
It's like watching John Cassavetes trapped in a mega-episode of The Golden Girls.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Ella Taylor
Village Voice
March 16, 2010
The only whiff of passion comes from the sadistic care that has gone into putting garish clothes and makeup on the mother, which give her the ghoulish air of Jeanne Moreau in a fun-house mirror.
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Dave Calhoun
Time Out
August 14, 2009
Underlying this amiable, thoughtful film is an assumption that age should bring with it respect - and however exasperated he gets, Gianni abides by this code completely.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
April 1, 2009
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4