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

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Peter Debruge
Variety
February 23, 2012
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Hank Sartin
Time Out
November 18, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
October 18, 2008
The film, which argues that blood brotherhood is stronger than political brotherhoods, vibrates with their youthful energy and ardor.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Philip Marchand
Toronto Star
June 6, 2008
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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
June 6, 2008
Sometimes, under a torrent of social pressures, water runs faster, if not thicker, than blood, and even the strongest bonds drown in the flood.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
May 15, 2008
You don't need a degree in political science to love this film...The film entertainingly demonstrates that the bonds of blood are stronger than those of ideology.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
May 9, 2008
That it clicks is largely due to the daredevil chemistry of the actors playing the brothers, who can be a handful whenever they're together.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle
April 25, 2008
Director Daniele Luchetti's strategy is to personify the long-standing divisions of his homeland in a pair of siblings, but make the characters so vital that we don't feel we're being browbeaten with political allegory.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
April 25, 2008
In a sense, the movie is about Accio's appreciation of the practical limits of ideology and the practical uses of rebellion, and it's a poignant realization.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Michael Atkinson
Chicago Reader
April 25, 2008
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.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
April 16, 2008
One hardly needs to have grown up Italian in the '60s to feel a pang of nostalgia watching My Brother Is an Only Child, Daniele Luchetti's tale of small-town brothers.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
April 10, 2008
Although the movie never quite dispels the sense of being dated (it could have been made anytime in the past 40 years), it's a memorable, often moving timepiece.
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Sid Smith
Chicago Tribune
April 10, 2008
The fey illogic in the title of My Brother is an Only Child hints at the style of this funny-sad film, which flips from dark to light moods and back with suave, unpredictable dexterity.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Time Out
April 6, 2008
manages to evoke, but never trivialise, the mad, internecine conflicts of recent Italian political history
Full Review | Original Score: 4/6
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
April 4, 2008
If some of this sounds like stereotypical Italian behavior, and if in fact My Brother Is an Only Child has a weakness for abrupt and melodramatic plot devices, it has other virtues that make it truly satisfying.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
March 28, 2008
My Brother Is an Only Child is a politically charged family drama set in Italy in the 1960s and 1970s -- think The Best of Youth (director Daniele Luchetti collaborated with that epic film's writers) at a more butt-friendly running time.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
March 28, 2008
My Brother Is an Only Child is a lively minor addendum to the grand tradition of Italian fraternal cinema.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Mark Holcomb
Time Out
March 27, 2008
Despite its charged historical backdrop, [director] Luchetti keeps My Brother light and snappy without sacrificing narrative tension.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/6
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
March 26, 2008
It is almost a relief to find some ideological clarity in a film that unfortunately ends in complete political disillusionment on all sides.
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Nick Pinkerton
Village Voice
March 25, 2008
[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.
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
March 24, 2008
What makes My Brother Is an Only Child so alive and entertaining is how it dramatizes the endless tug-of-war between political conviction and personal experience -- the way the lines twist and blur and finally implode.
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
May 23, 2007
A fine and engaging study of two personalities, seemingly in sharp contrast, that prove awfully alike in the end.
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Jay Weissberg
Variety
May 12, 2007
Helmer Daniele Luchetti keeps the mood light and winning.