Primo Levi's Journey Reviews

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Julia Wallace
Village Voice
August 14, 2007
Primo Levi's Journey is almost willfully opaque about the actual circumstances of Primo Levi's journey. Who exactly was this man we're meant to be paying homage to, and why did it take him so long to get home?
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
August 17, 2007
The film lacks a certain coherence, and Levi -- one of Italy's most important postwar writers -- is mostly relegated to an excuse for a sociopolitical travelogue.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine
August 13, 2007
Even when Ferrario's observation of a country's distinct political anxiety is interestingly tied to one of Levi's philosophical musings about the self and the world, the film still radiates the aloofness of a dry academic lecture.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
November 1, 2007
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Wally Hammond
Time Out
October 28, 2006
It's a bit of a mess, falling between two stools: reenactmernt and reappraisal. But it has its moving and interesting moments all the same.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
August 15, 2007
A thoughtful and insightful Italian documentary that retraces writer Primo Levi's 1945 trip from Poland to Italy after he was liberated from Auschwitz; it contains a fascinating glimpse of post-communist Europe.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
February 15, 2010
It's told in such a messy and questionable way to unintentionally diminish Levi's more striking and dark tale.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Steve Ramos
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
September 6, 2007
If one artist is deserving of a documentary account of his story, it's Italian author Primo Levi.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jay Weissberg
October 28, 2006
Sensitive, sobering, and tinged with respectful melancholy.
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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
August 17, 2007
Vividly impressionistic and delightfully curious.
| Original Score: 4/5
Harvey S. Karten
August 2, 2007
A sober, melancholy recreation of a journey that Primo Levi took mostly through Eastern Europe, after his liberation from Auschwitz.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Louis Proyect
July 29, 2007
Sensitive study of the journey taken by Primo Levi in the immediate aftermath of WWII. Mixes his own words with ordinary people whose lives have been turned upside down by the end of the USSR and Eastern European socialism. Makes subtle political points t
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Andrew O'Hehir
August 16, 2007
A profound meditation on the unevenness of history, reminding us -- as Faulkner once remarked -- that the past not only isn't dead, it isn't really past at all.
Ken Fox
TV Guide's Movie Guide
August 17, 2007
Travelogue is exquisitely shot and the dark poetry of Levi's words, read at intervals throughout the film, is brought to haunting life by a suitably weary-sounding Chris Cooper.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Doris Toumarkine
Film Journal International
August 21, 2007
For filmgoers who value something fresh and original on the big screen, the documentary delivers.
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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
August 22, 2007
Primo Levi's Journey is a rather unfocused but ultimately provocative portrait of Eastern Europe.
Cynthia Fuchs
September 15, 2007
If some of its connections remain obscure, its storytelling is both sinuous and resounding. History, memory, forgetfulness%u2014all comprise the present.
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
November 2, 2007
Italian documentary filmmaker Davide Ferrario, who specializes in what he calls "on the road" documentaries, decided to retrace Primo Levi's steps in modern Europe. It was a wise choice.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Mark Holcomb
Time Out
November 17, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Globe and Mail
September 23, 2006
Primo Levi brought an extraordinarily empirical eye to all his writing.
| Original Score: 3/4
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