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Mio Fratello Figlio Unico (My Brother Is an Only Child) Reviews

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Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly

The film's early affability eventually wears out, and a sharp turn into deadly seriousness feels out of place.

Full Review Source: Las Vegas Weekly | Original Score: 2.5/5

May 22, 2008
Tricia Olszewski
Let's Not Listen

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.

Full Review Source: Let's Not Listen

April 10, 2008
Philip Marchand
Toronto Star
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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.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 2.5/4

June 6, 2008
Kent Turner

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

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 2.5/5

March 28, 2008
Michael Atkinson
Chicago Reader
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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.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

April 25, 2008
Chris Cabin

works best as an Italian dramedy with its history used as window dressing and any original thought kept happily to itself.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 3/5

March 28, 2008
Jake Wilson
The Age (Australia)

Fast-paced, well-acted and acute about sibling rivalry, the film nonetheless fails to leave a strong impression.

Full Review Source: The Age (Australia) | Original Score: 2.5/5

June 20, 2008
Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine

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.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 2/4

March 23, 2008
Coco Forsythe
Future Movies UK

Full Review Source: Future Movies UK | Original Score: 7/10

April 20, 2007
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star

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.

Full Review Source: Arizona Daily Star | Original Score: 3/4

June 12, 2008
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express

Actors Germano and Scamarcio turn in magnificent, multilayered acting jobs.

Full Review Source: East Bay Express

April 28, 2011
James Rocchi

A handsomely-made, brightly charming pleasure.

Full Review Source: Cinematical

May 23, 2007
Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
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A fine and engaging study of two personalities, seemingly in sharp contrast, that prove awfully alike in the end.

May 23, 2007
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press

My Brother Is an Only Child is a buoyant, handsomely crafted film.

Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press | Original Score: 3/4

May 16, 2008
Anton Bitel

My Brother Is An Only Child reminisces with improbable yet affecting fondness over the adolescents behind the -isms that would shape post-war Italy.

Full Review Source: Film4

March 27, 2008
Margaret Pomeranz
At the Movies (Australia)

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.

Full Review Source: At the Movies (Australia) | Original Score: 4/5

June 13, 2008
Beth Accomando

Although familiarity with Italian politics helps in appreciating this film, anyone can enjoy this energetic tale of a house divided.

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June 8, 2008
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

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.

Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy | Original Score: 7/10

April 17, 2008
Nick Pinkerton
Village Voice
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[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.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

March 25, 2008
Thomas Dawson

It's vibrantly shot throughout, with the handheld camerawork well suited to conveying Accio's impulsive behaviour.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 3/5

April 8, 2008
Peter Debruge
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February 23, 2012
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