The Salt of Life Reviews

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Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
June 18, 2013
Italian film has done us another favor-it has sent us Gianni Di Gregorio again.
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
April 27, 2012
Italian writer/director/comedian Gianni Di Gregorio plays browbeaten family men brilliantly, and in this film he's given himself a fine showcase.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Stephanie Merry
Washington Post
April 27, 2012
At times, the sad sights are enough to make a person hope the put-upon guy finds success. The problem is, as affable as Giovanni is, there's not much more to him.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Calvin Wilson
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
April 20, 2012
Episodically structured and lethargically paced, the new film attempts to convince us that there's something incredibly charming about an old guy who makes a habit of ogling young women. Actually, the whole scenario is pretty creepy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
April 6, 2012
Though you can empathize with Gianni's loneliness, the lecherous buffoon is too much of a stock type to feel fresh. At times, the comedy is shamelessly broad.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Tom Keogh
Seattle Times
April 5, 2012
"The Salt of Life" finds gentle comedy in the dilemma of a still warm-blooded if sexually marginalized fellow for whom kindness is second nature and lecherousness is alien.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
April 5, 2012
Imbued with gentle humor and a kind of bittersweet resignation, The Salt of Life isn't life-changing - it's life-describing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Linda Barnard
Toronto Star
April 5, 2012
A worthy low-key effort.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle
March 30, 2012
The film is full of low-key but telling observations, mostly about Gianni's plight but also about modern life in general.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
March 29, 2012
This is a movie about a man who is past his shelf life.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
March 15, 2012
A quietly insistent parable of male menopause, "The Salt of Life'' ambles along the line between comedy and melancholy, rarely making a misstep but rarely looking up.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Rafer Guzman
Newsday
March 9, 2012
Like the aroma of a meal you wish you'd eaten, "The Salt of Life" is the faint suggestion of a movie you wish you'd seen.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
March 8, 2012
Rueful, funny and wise, "The Salt of Life" is a comedy not of errors but of the tiniest of missteps.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
March 1, 2012
The movie's sensuous appreciation of ripeness and abundance extends to food, clothing and foliage; the lushness of a city in bloom virtually bursts from the screen.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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March 1, 2012
Aided by fluid handheld camerawork from cinematographer Gogo Bianchi, Di Gregorio conjures a Rome that's homey and literally warm - it seems to be August again - with just a hint of Fellini-like frenzy.
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Alison Willmore
AV Club
March 1, 2012
The breeziness of The Salt Of Life disguises a barbed consideration of mortality and being written off, becoming part of the scenery in later life...
Full Review | Original Score: B
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David Fear
Time Out
February 29, 2012
All whimsical tunes and postcard scenery, while piling on enough ogling shots of nubile young women to make Hugh Hefner feel uncomfortable.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Nick Pinkerton
Village Voice
February 28, 2012
Di Gregorio's performance sets the tone of dim hope and quiet forbearance, telling the story through reactions: an ever-accommodating smile that shades into a wince; sparkling, heavy-lidded eyes betrayed by vexed brows.
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Wally Hammond
Time Out
August 9, 2011
Wittily observed, humorously understood and keenly felt.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5