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Tea With Mussolini (1999)

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43

Average Rating: 5.7/10
Critic Reviews: 7
Fresh: 3 | Rotten: 4

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Average Rating: 3.5/5
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Based in part on his autobiography, director Franco Zeffirelli's Tea With Mussolini is a drama with comic accents about a group of British and American travelers on an indefinite visit to Italy in 1935, when, as one character puts it, "Mussolini was just a man who made the trains run on time." Luca (played by Charlie Lucas) is a boy living in Florence whose family situation is precarious at best; his mother has died and his father has little time for him. Fortunately, he's a welcome guest with

PG,

Drama, Comedy

John Mortimer, Franco Zeffirelli

Nov 16, 1999

MGM/UA

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All Critics (61) | Top Critics (16) | Fresh (22) | Rotten (12) | DVD (3)

A collection of isolated, anecdotal events that are as warmly amusing as they are lacking in narrative drive.

November 10, 2009 Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com
TheMovieReport.com

The banter, jealousy and cattiness among these charming stereotypes of the Anglo-American lifestyle sweepstakes makes much of this engaging film a winner.

September 10, 2004 Full Review Source: JWR

Art and suffocating tastefulness are taken as such inherent goods in [this film] that they utterly overwhelm the real people whom the film pretends to showcase.

March 19, 2003 Full Review Source: Nick's Flick Picks
Nick's Flick Picks

This satisfying film reveals the ways in which a village can successfully raise a child.

March 4, 2002 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

Cher shines with the spirit of 'Life is Beautiful.'

September 16, 2001 Full Review Source: Hollywood Report Card
Hollywood Report Card

Cher, in a role ideally suited to her natural flamboyance, sparkles.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Kalamazoo Gazette
Kalamazoo Gazette

If you want some light and charming entertainment and are attuned to Zeffirelli's rather conventional approach to the medium, then you can have a very good time.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: culturevulture.net
culturevulture.net

A ridiculous movie...

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

The latest in the English-Speaking People Who Discover Themselves in Tuscany genre

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: AboutFilm.com
AboutFilm.com

A soothingly old-fashioned, deeply sentimental memory piece.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

Audience Reviews for Tea With Mussolini

What the Hell is Cher doing in this good movie?
March 15, 2010
smith44

Super Reviewer

True story about a group of women bonded together by their situation during World War II. Excellent cast. Beautiful scenery.
September 10, 2007
thmtsang
T Tsang

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great character actresses doing wonderful work
April 7, 2007
jjnxn
jay nixon

Super Reviewer

Three Grande Dames of the British stage and film (Maggie Smith, Judi Dench, and Joan Plowright) come together, along with Americans Cher and Lily Tomlin to power this tale of a group of British ex-pats and their brash American friends trying to preserve their way of life in Italy just before the Second World War. The acting is superb, and the story, based on actual events as remembered by the director, Franco Zeffirelli, is spellbinding. Maggie Smith can do imperious. And she does it brilliantly here. Yet she does have a tender side when the chips are down. Joan Plowright proves to be the heart and soul of the film however and more than holds her own beside the other two. The story bears a slight similarity to that of Paradise Road, but without the despair and brutality of that other story, from the Japanese theater of the war. This viewer really enjoyed this.
May 27, 2011
Mark Abell

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