• R, 1 hr. 58 min.
  • Drama, Romance
  • Directed By:    Bernardo Bertolucci
  • In Theaters:    Jun 14, 1996 Wide
  • On DVD:    Jan 8, 2002
  • Fox Searchlight Pictures

Stealing Beauty Reviews

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Joyce Slaton
Common Sense Media
January 2, 2011

Meditation on sex, life, death; older teens only.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
December 14, 2007

| Original Score: 4/5
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
Top Critic
December 7, 2007

A civilized, mellow, and generally graceful chamber piece.

Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
May 26, 2006

I find it to be one of his most sublime achievements, filled with a sunny laziness and slow awakening.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Geoff Andrew
Time Out
Top Critic
February 9, 2006

A welcome reminder of Bertolucci's directorial assurance.

Susan Granger
www.susangranger.com
December 16, 2005

| Original Score: 3/5
Jonathan R. Perry
Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas)
June 4, 2005

| Original Score: 3/5
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
April 9, 2005

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.

Full Review | Original Score: B+
Dan Lybarger
Hollywood Bitchslap
January 19, 2005

Gorgeous Tuscan scenery and a breakthrough performance by Liv Tyler help make this sudsy flick entertaining.

| Original Score: 4/5
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals
January 9, 2005

| Original Score: 3/5
Linda Cook
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
August 4, 2004

| Original Score: 5/5
Alex Ramirez
Cinenganos
January 11, 2004

Vale la pena completamente...

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
John Esther
Pasadena Weekly
August 21, 2003

| Original Score: 3/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
San Francisco Examiner
March 2, 2003

Minor Bertolucci, but achingly gorgeous.

| Original Score: 4/5
Blake Davis
KFOR Channel 4 News
January 29, 2003

A lush, coming of age tale that makes you want to take a vacation.

| Original Score: 4/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
January 15, 2002

Stealing Beauty demonstrates that director Bernardo Bertolucci is as adept at intimate drama as he is with epic productions.

Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
Top Critic
May 12, 2001

In contrasting the sexuality and rebellion of Lucy's generation with his own, Bertolucci clearly yearns to rekindle his creative spirit.

Jack Mathews
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic
February 14, 2001

Even a lesser Bertolucci is an event, and Stealing Beauty has its charms.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Janet Maslin
New York Times
Top Critic
January 1, 2000

For all the film's missteps, there is cause to echo the uncritical compliment bestowed by the playwright (Jeremy Irons) upon the film's ingenue (Liv Tyler): 'I so enjoyed watching you.'

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Hal Hinson
Washington Post
Top Critic
January 1, 2000

It may not be epic in scale; in artistic terms, though, it's huge.

David Rooney
Variety
Top Critic
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January 1, 2000

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