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Rocco and His Brothers (Rocco e i suoi fratelli) Reviews

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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
October 22, 2015
"Rocco and His Brothers" is a film both authentic and ambitious, a classic that is as adept at telling individual stories as it is in drawing larger parallels from them.
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Pauline Kael
New Yorker
October 8, 2015
Visconti's methods are still partly neorealist, but the scale of the film is huge and operatic, and it loses the intimacy of the best neorealist films, and their breath of life.
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David Ehrlich
Time Out
October 7, 2015
Today, distanced from ridiculous controversy and dislocated from the provincial politics that drive its story, this immaculately restored classic of post-WWII Italian cinema often feels like a new experience altogether.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Alan Scherstuhl
Village Voice
October 6, 2015
The Parondis' lives are difficult but gorgeous; boxing is terrible but riveting; the city offers everything even as it takes everything away.
Clayton Dillard
Slant Magazine
October 4, 2015
It's vital about violence being bred from systemic blind spots, where miniscule souls are tasked with the impossible.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
March 19, 2012
What you end up with is more an entertaining, overheated mish-mash than a great classic.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
June 15, 2011
One of Visconti's and Italian cinema's masterpieces
Full Review | Original Score: A
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
August 10, 2008
Powerful neorealist melodrama.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena
October 13, 2003
Apesar de ser mais longo do que deveria e de se entregar ao melodrama ocasional, o filme praticamente se transforma em um épico familiar e conta com performances enérgicas e inesquecíveis (especialmente de Salvatori e Girardot).
| Original Score: 4/5
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Bosley Crowther
New York Times
May 20, 2003
There is in this strong and surging drama of an Italian peasant family's shattering fate in the face of the brutalizing forces of unfamiliar modern city life a kind of emotional fullness and revelation that one finds in the great tragedies of the Greeks.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Nick Barbaro
Austin Chronicle
March 10, 2003
Visconti returns to Milan, the city of his birth, in this story about the politics of class involved in the move to the big city of a family of impoverished southerners.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
January 27, 2003
Visconti's greatest achievement is how he mixes realism and melodrama.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Arthur Lazere
culturevulture.net
January 15, 2003
Even with [Rocco's] undeniable excess, the climactic moments transcend style and are profoundly moving.
Angelina Sciolla
Film Threat
December 8, 2002
I recommend a three and a half hour pit stop in 1950s Milan.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jason Anderson
eye WEEKLY
August 20, 2002
Beneath the neorealist façade simmers an intensity that is far more lurid and operatic in nature.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jeremy Heilman
MovieMartyr.com
July 14, 2002
A stirring and expansive family epic.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
July 2, 2002
Neither neo-realist nor particularly artsy, Rocco might make for a fat, satisfying beach-read of a movie if only it weren't so convinced of its own magnitude.
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
A richly textured drama, resoundingly alive with characters.
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Hal Hinson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
Turgid, overwrought, yet still profoundly affecting.
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
February 21, 2008
| Original Score: 4/5
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