Stealing Beauty (1996)
Average Rating: 6/10
Reviews Counted: 47
Fresh: 25 | Rotten: 22
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Average Rating: 6.1/10
Critic Reviews: 12
Fresh: 7 | Rotten: 5
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Average Rating: 3.4/5
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This beautiful if ponderous soufflé of a film from director Bernardo Bertolucci serves more as an Italian travelogue than a drama. Liv Tyler stars as Lucy Harmon, an American teenager arriving in the lush Tuscan countryside to visit family friends residing there. Lucy visited four years earlier and exchanged a kiss with a handsome boy with whom she hopes to become reacquainted. Lucy's mother has committed suicide since then, and the teenager also hopes to discover the identity of her father,
Jun 14, 1996 Wide
Jan 8, 2002
Fox Searchlight Pictures
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In contrasting the sexuality and rebellion of Lucy's generation with his own, Bertolucci clearly yearns to rekindle his creative spirit.
Even a lesser Bertolucci is an event, and Stealing Beauty has its charms.
I find it to be one of his most sublime achievements, filled with a sunny laziness and slow awakening.
Liv Tyler is radiant, but the film itself suffers from the same self-indulgence that always hampers Bertolucci's work.
The script is in keeping with the fabric of the film. It's languid and meanders about a bit, but, coupled with the lush and inviting Tuscany countryside, this is not a bad thing at all.
Gorgeous Tuscan scenery and a breakthrough performance by Liv Tyler help make this sudsy flick entertaining.
When a party at an elegant villa threatens to become a full-blown musical number, one wonders if Mel Brooks has taken charge of the production.
Minor Bertolucci, but achingly gorgeous.
A lush, coming of age tale that makes you want to take a vacation.
Stealing Beauty demonstrates that director Bernardo Bertolucci is as adept at intimate drama as he is with epic productions.
In my view, Bernardo Bertolucci is one of the world's most overrated high profile filmmakers.
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- Lucy Harmon: It's easier to stay alone.
- Alex Parrish: Lucy, Lucy, Lucy, you can't have decided that at your age.
- Lucy Harmon: I haven't decided.
- Alex Parrish: You're in need of a ravishing.
- Lucy Harmon: I'm waiting.
- Lucy Harmon: I haven't really had that much.
- Alex Parrish: Grass?
- Lucy Harmon: No, sex.
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