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The First Beautiful Thing (La prima cosa bella) Reviews

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Tom Keogh
Seattle Times
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Virzi approaches mawkishness but he never crosses the line.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 2.5/4

August 25, 2011
Brent Simon

A warm and welcome foreign film treat about learning to cope with the fact that one's parents are actually people too.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: B

July 14, 2011
Stan Hall

The high-pitched emotions, gesticulations and occasional near-hysteria seem completely normal and genuine.

Full Review Source: Oregonian | Original Score: B+

July 7, 2011
James Verniere
Boston Herald

A lovely Italian throwback about a loner vocational school professor coming to terms with the death of his mother and the sources of his present-day unhappiness.

Full Review Source: Boston Herald | Original Score: B+

June 10, 2011
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

It's especially striking how effectively Ramazotti's and Sandrelli's performances as Anna blend together so smoothly. Together, they create a portrait of a woman who lacked all the necessary skills to be a parent, except to fiercely love her children.

Full Review Source: Capital Times (Madison, WI) | Original Score: 3/4

June 10, 2011
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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"The First Beautiful Thing'' is shameless, and, damn it, I cried anyway.

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

June 9, 2011
Natasha Senjanovic
Hollywood Reporter
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Virzi has hit his stride in this polished but delicate comedy-drama.

Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter

April 20, 2011
Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
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It's filled with its own artfulness and warmth.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 3/5

April 20, 2011
Diego Costa
Slant Magazine

In films such as the Italian The First Beautiful Thing, the mother/whore dichotomy collapses in whimsical ways: The mother is the whore.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 2.5/4

April 17, 2011
Ella Taylor
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Virsi sharpens the sentimentality of the emotional setup to a nicely serrated edge.

Full Review Source: NPR

April 15, 2011
Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru

A tender, captivating and well-acted drama abundant in humor and heart.

Full Review Source: NYC Movie Guru | Original Score: 8.32321/10

April 14, 2011
Neil Genzlinger
New York Times
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Comedy and poignancy weave together in Mr. Virzý's hands, but the maudlin meter only occasionally goes into the red zone.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 3/5

April 14, 2011
Michelle Orange
Village Voice
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Virzý's delicate touch and the cast's uniformly captivating performances make that reckoning a lovely, charmingly melancholy thing to watch.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

April 12, 2011
Simon Miraudo

Italians need not worry - when it comes to issues with their parents, the Greeks still hold the title for being the most messed up. I mean, did you hear about what happened to that Oedipus kid?

Full Review Source: Quickflix | Original Score: 3.5/5

March 7, 2011
Gerald Peary
Boston Phoenix

The film becomes wearisome due to Virzý's indulgent use of busy, overstated flashbacks.

Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix

June 10, 2011
Jay Weissberg
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Occasionally affecting but unremarkable.

Full Review Source: Variety

April 20, 2011
V.A. Musetto
New York Post
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It's sappy and predictable -- fun to watch, perhaps, but instantly forgettable.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 2/4

April 15, 2011
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