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Respiro Reviews

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Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly

Golino's performance is effortlessly haunting; it's a shame she doesn't have more of a movie to hang it on.

| Original Score: 2/5

September 6, 2003
Anton Bitel
Movie Gazette

Full Review Source: Movie Gazette | Original Score: 2/10

October 28, 2003
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Though the story is warmly humanistic it is too paper thin to mean much.

Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: C+

October 29, 2003
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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It's sweet, but slight -- the sort of fish that, had Grazia's neighbors caught, they would have immediately, if reluctantly, thrown back.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger

May 23, 2003
Desson Thomson
Washington Post
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Its plot gets too slow even for open-ended movies such as this.

June 27, 2003
Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
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A beautifully scenic but languid character study that could use a shot of adrenalin and a more straightforward story line.

| Original Score: 3/5

July 19, 2003

It's an incredibly beautiful island that makes you want to lie on the beach and soak up the sun, but the customs could drive anyone to rebel.

Full Review Source: TheMovieChicks.com | Original Score: 3/5

June 20, 2003
Tony Medley
tonymedley.com

Full Review Source: tonymedley.com | Original Score: 4/10

October 7, 2004
Matt Kelemen
Las Vegas CityLife

Crialese's stated purpose is to create a sense of magical realism, and even as he draws on an actual fable to do so, there's an incomplete feeling to the production.

Full Review Source: Las Vegas CityLife

May 21, 2004
Brian Mckay
eFilmCritic.com

Beautiful, but listless. After a while, it feels less like a film and more like a ninety minute commercial for the Mediterranean Department of Tourism.

Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com | Original Score: 3/5

May 12, 2003
Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan

Respiro, contrary to its title, doesn't really breathe much, but it has its moments.

Full Review Source: San Diego Metropolitan

June 14, 2003
V.A. Musetto
New York Post
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Respiro has a sexy cast and is gorgeous to watch -- but it takes more than that to make a movie worth seeking out.

| Original Score: 2/4

May 23, 2003
John Hartl
Seattle Times
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While Crialese ... certainly has a knack for visualizing such moments, his script willfully refuses to pull them together to tell a coherent story.

| Original Score: 2.5/4

June 20, 2003
Kevin John Bozelka
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

After 90 minutes of policing female sexuality, the film is left with little to say on the matter.

| Original Score: 2.5/4

July 8, 2003
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews

A mood piece that never quite manages to rise above being just a mood piece.

Full Review Source: Internet Reviews | Original Score: 2.5/4

May 29, 2003
Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
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Magnificent sun-drenched locations and a lolling atmosphere of sensuality don't make up for an awfully thin story.

April 2, 2003
Ken Fox
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Curiously unsatisfying.

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 2.5/5

May 23, 2003
Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
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Respiro is not completely satisfying, because its purpose is cloudy.

June 18, 2003
Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
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Somewhere along the way, Respiro just seems to run out of breath.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 2.5/4

July 4, 2003
James Verniere
Boston Herald

Full Review Source: Boston Herald | Original Score: 2.5/4

July 16, 2005
Geoff Andrew
Time Out
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June 24, 2006
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
November 3, 2002
Eugene Novikov
Film Blather
January 9, 2004
Cynthia Fuchs
Nitrate Online
July 4, 2003

Sydney Morning Herald
June 27, 2003

Boston Phoenix
July 2, 2003

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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July 4, 2003

Guardian
August 19, 2003
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