Senso Reviews

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
August 29, 2014
Senso is lush, broadly emotional and beautifully photographed.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Adrian Turner
Radio Times
August 29, 2014
As usual with Visconti, there is a welter of baroque effects and an acute sense of history.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5

Total Film
August 29, 2014
Gorgeously upholstered by flashing, decadent passions and over-the-top operatics.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
February 5, 2013
Visconti's lush period piece, shot in color, marks his transition from neo-realism to grand operatic spectacles.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Michael E. Grost
Classic Film and Television
August 10, 2011
Lavishly styled historical drama, which opens with one of the most electrifying protest scenes in film history.
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
March 14, 2011
a Technicolored visual feast in the grandest tradition of historical-epic melodrama
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
March 4, 2011
The culmination of Visconti's work, the perfect collision of style, themes and look, and perhaps his greatest film.
Sean Gandert
Paste Magazine
March 1, 2011
Senso isn't the subtlest picture and its writing is frequently cringe-worthy. But as a work of pure film artistry it's wonderful, especially in its less motivated sequences.
Full Review | Original Score: 7.4/10
Christopher Long
Movie Metropolis
February 26, 2011
As a chronicle of doomed love, the story gains quite a bit of steam as it bulldozes towards its tragic ending.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Sean Axmaker
Parallax View
February 26, 2011
... this lush, lavish melodrama of a self-destructive love affair set against the idealistic passions of the Risorgimento is the very definition of cinematic.
Phil Hall
Film Threat
February 23, 2011
For any student of cinematography, costume design or art direction, Senso is an invaluable source of inspiration.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Variety Staff
Variety
March 26, 2009
Senso is an elegant, expensively-produced, period love story, set back in the Italian 1860s, and a stylist delight.
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
July 13, 2008
Triumphs on the strength of [Alida Valli's] presence..you'd have to go very far to find a more luscious movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
July 12, 2007
Translates as sumptuous, hollow, overlong and dull.
Full Review | Original Score: C+

TV Guide's Movie Guide
August 28, 2006
Visconti counterposes romance and rebellion in this historical tale of love and betrayal.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Tony Rayns
Time Out
January 26, 2006
Like other Visconti melodramas, [Senso is] sumptuous in its Technicolor expressionism.
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A.H. Weiler
New York Times
May 10, 2005
It is an obvious, rudimentary operatic approach to amour and an illustration of history that is likely to be fuzzy to anyone but a student of Garibaldi's 1866 campaign in and around Venice and Verona.

Film4
May 24, 2003
A lavish period piece that nevertheless rings rather hollow.
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
January 1, 2000
A lush, melodramatic portrait of seduction and betrayal, decadence and deceit in the midst of Italy's resistance to Austrian occupation in the mid-19th century.
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
September 26, 2005
| Original Score: 5/5
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