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Tetro Reviews

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Philip Concannon
The Skinny

It's a deeply personal picture that's overflowing with exuberance and passion and is the director's best work in over twenty years.

Full Review Source: The Skinny | Original Score: 4/5

July 8, 2010
Mark Jenkins

A dazzling stylistic exercise, Francis Ford Coppola's Tetro pays tribute to great bygone European filmmakers.

Full Review Source: NPR.org

July 6, 2010
Peter Keough
Boston Phoenix

Shot mostly in a chiaroscuro black and white, with color interludes for the flashbacks and for surreal ballet sequences in the mode of Michael Powell's The Red Shoes, Tetro rewards the eye.

Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix | Original Score: 2.5/4

July 6, 2010
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
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Unabashedly theatrical and richly cinematic, even when it's falling apart...

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 3/4

July 6, 2010
Peter Sobczynski

Funny, haunting, strange and striking in equal measure, Tetro is a triumph that reconfirms Francis Ford Coppola's position as one of the great American filmmakers...

Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com | Original Score: 5/5

July 6, 2010
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle

There is not enough dramatic tension to sustain the film for two hours and conjectures about the Coppola family saga are really extraneous to the experience of Tetro.

Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle | Original Score: 2.5/5

July 6, 2010
Dave White

Incidents take a back seat to the main event, which is Francis Ford Coppola swooshing ideas and feelings about fathers, sons, blood ties and artistic accomplishment around in a big wine glass.

Full Review Source: Movies.com | Original Score: B-

July 6, 2010
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall

Stylish, involving and intensely personal, the film really gets under the skin with its emotional story and powerfully visual tone.

Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall | Original Score: 4/5

June 30, 2010
Geoffrey Macnab
Uncut Magazine [UK]

Coppola may be working on, for him, a smallish budget (reportedly around $15 million) but that doesn't mean his usual craftsmanship has abated. The film is sleekly shot and edited.

Full Review Source: Uncut Magazine [UK]

June 30, 2010
Allan Hunter
Daily Express

Coppola's fascination with family ties and guilty secrets is at the heart of a grandiose but half-baked saga that doffs its cap to the florid theatricality of Powell and Pressburger and Sixties Italian classics such as La Dolce Vita.

Full Review Source: Daily Express | Original Score: 2/5

June 28, 2010
Peter Bradshaw

The way ahead could be for Coppola père et fils to stay away from personal themes. Family isn't everything.

Full Review Source: Guardian | Original Score: 1/5

June 26, 2010
Ian Freer
Empire Magazine

Frustrating and fitfully compelling, Tetro may not be a return to former glories, but this is Coppola through and through, an over-ambitious effort about thwarted ambition, full of ideas and passion, and smitten with cinema.

Full Review Source: Empire Magazine | Original Score: 3/5

June 26, 2010

It would be kindest to ignore Tetro.

Full Review Source: Film4 | Original Score: 1.5/5

June 25, 2010
Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph

Though it's unlikely to announce his return to the grand stage of big-budget cinema, the movie is graced with touches of the old Coppola magic.

Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph | Original Score: 3/4

June 24, 2010
David Jenkins
Time Out
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Tetro is a movie filled with splashes of brilliance rather than being a plain brilliant movie.

Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 3/5

June 24, 2010
Stella Papamichael
Digital Spy

Coppola is a shadow of the director he used to be. The use of black-and-white here only shows that more starkly.

Full Review Source: Digital Spy | Original Score: 2/5

June 24, 2010
Damon Wise
Radio Times

The black and white cinematography and unusual sound design combining to haunting effect.

Full Review Source: Radio Times | Original Score: 3/5

June 24, 2010
Anton Bitel
Eye for Film

for the most part it marks Coppola once again at the very top of his game - and there are enough nuances, ellipses and ambiguities here to make every return visit reveal something different and new.

Full Review Source: Eye for Film

June 24, 2010
Cassam Looch

Francis Ford Coppola makes a superb return to form with this intriguing and poetic journey into a troubled sibling relationship and the tortured psyche of an artistic genius.

Full Review Source: ViewLondon | Original Score: 4/5

June 23, 2010
Paul Huckerby
Electric Sheep

Tetro stands as proof that Coppola, with an almost stationary camera and nothing more technical than light on film, can still achieve a more stunning visual experience than the 3D CGI of Avatar.

Full Review Source: Electric Sheep

June 16, 2010
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