The film's early affability eventually wears out, and a sharp turn into deadly seriousness feels out of place.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
The film's biggest failure isn't Accio's constant contentiousness, nor the story's dense political center. Rather, it's the script's tendency to wander.
The linkage in this movie between politics and family dynamics is a point well taken, but the movie -- whose sense of frenetic activity going nowhere is captured by Luchetti's buoyant camera -- does go on and on before anyone learns anything.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
If the political backdrop is not alienating, Accio's actions might be. As he swings from one side of the pendulum to the other, he remains at arm's length
The rough-and-tumble tone is bitterly entertaining but in the end doesn't contribute to a convincing historical portrait, and a pileup of half-baked resolutions spoils the buzz.
works best as an Italian dramedy with its history used as window dressing and any original thought kept happily to itself.
| Original Score: 3/5
Fast-paced, well-acted and acute about sibling rivalry, the film nonetheless fails to leave a strong impression.
My Brother Is an Only Child moves so playfully and briskly you may not notice its glibness, which may have been director Daniele Luchetti's intent.
| Original Score: 2/4
| Original Score: 7/10
Despite the awards pedigree, the drama is a bit of a slog at times, with Accio taking seemingly ages to come of age, but nobody said growing up was easy.
| Original Score: 3/4
Actors Germano and Scamarcio turn in magnificent, multilayered acting jobs.
A handsomely-made, brightly charming pleasure.
A fine and engaging study of two personalities, seemingly in sharp contrast, that prove awfully alike in the end.
My Brother Is an Only Child is a buoyant, handsomely crafted film.
My Brother Is An Only Child reminisces with improbable yet affecting fondness over the adolescents behind the -isms that would shape post-war Italy.
This is such a lovely film from writer/director Daniele Luchetti, nostalgic perhaps, but with that indefinable Italian whimsy that takes serious political themes and undermines them beautifully.
| Original Score: 4/5
Although familiarity with Italian politics helps in appreciating this film, anyone can enjoy this energetic tale of a house divided.
Tells a familiar story in a familiar way with conviction and no small amount of talent on both sides of the camera, though it's hardly essential.
[Actor] Elio Germano vitalizes the film: He's hyper-reactive, flickering between brash, bashful, playful, and awkward -- offering a Swiss Army knife performance that's diverse and yet totally unified.
It's vibrantly shot throughout, with the handheld camerawork well suited to conveying Accio's impulsive behaviour.