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La tigre e la neve (The Tiger and the Snow) (2005)

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Average Rating: 3.1/10
Critic Reviews: 9
Fresh: 2 | Rotten: 7

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A love-struck poet travels into the heart of wartime Iraq in hopes of rescuing the woman he loves in Academy award-winning director Roberto Benigni's affecting tale of love and devotion. A kind poet and father to his daughters, a respected lecturer and literary figure to his students, and a complete nuisance in the eyes of his beloved Vittoria (Nicoletta Braschi), Attilio (Benigni) finds his life suddenly turned upside down when he learns that the object of his undying affections has been

May 8, 2007

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Roberto Benigni here plays out a madcap tale of romantic obsession against the backdrop of the Iraq invasion. The results are neither profound nor funny.

January 4, 2007 Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly
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This film, one of the worst of 2006, almost has to be seen to be believed -- a comedy about a man who goes to Iraq, and, amid a string of comic misadventures, tries to save the life of his love, who has been gravely wounded in a bombing.

December 29, 2006 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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Like Life Is Beautiful, The Tiger and the Snow incongruously offers sharp laughs and touches of tenderness amid moments of drama and danger.

December 29, 2006 Full Review Source: Associated Press
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The only award Benigni's misconceived and unfunny The Tiger and the Snow could possibly win is for Worst Movie of 2006.

December 29, 2006
New York Post
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Shameless, utterly predictable and grimly unfunny nonsense.

December 29, 2006 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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Perhaps a greater passage of time was needed to provide a more effective historical perspective, but Tiger has a bigger problem with a dramatic structure that sags conspicuously in the middle, never to completely correct itself.

December 29, 2006
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Unlike the pre-TV world of concentration camps seen in Life is Beautiful, the Iraq war is something we are all directly familiar with.

January 3, 2007 Full Review Source: FilmStew.com

As a writer and director, Benigni's off-the-wall originality is striking--but sometimes he goes too far.

January 2, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

Benigni can't even be bothered to get the chronology or the details of the American occupation right, and his keen visual sense isn't enough to save him: Benigni's artfully composed images are as empty as his political convictions.

December 29, 2006 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

He certainly never shuts up, and he never stops joking; he's a neurotic narcissist to whom a war and a country's misery mean little except how they affect him personally.

December 29, 2006
Reel.com

It's mostly Benigni jumping around and waving his hands like he always does.When the occasional sobering tragedy strikes, it has little impact because the groundwork for it has not been properly prepared.

December 29, 2006 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Daily News
Los Angeles Daily News

What Benigni was able to do so improbably in a World War II concentration camp in his masterpiece Life Is Beautiful - find comedy - he is utterly unable to do in the shock-and-awed streets of Baghdad in the early days of Gulf War II.

December 29, 2006 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

Benigni is floundering here, and it only gets worse as the film goes along. There's no real sense of any danger, no real identification with any of the characters. No laughs, which is what you need in a comedy.

December 28, 2006
Greenwich Village Gazette

The notion of using the Iraq war as a backdrop for comedy is risky, but I'm sure there's someone who could pull it off. Sadly, Benigni isn't that someone.

December 28, 2006

[Benigni's] peculiar editing choices and snail's pace only increase the film's gnawing of creepy discomfort.

December 22, 2006 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

Benigni's quest to find comedy in the Muslim world falls quite flat.

December 20, 2006 Full Review Source: ComingSoon.net
ComingSoon.net

The Tiger and the Snow is another objectionable romantic comedy from Roberto Benigni, a con man who treats war as his comedic playground.

November 28, 2006 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
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Audience Reviews for La tigre e la neve (The Tiger and the Snow)

Roberto Begnini repeats the same formula of his successful masterpiece Life is Beautiful, which makes this film look unoriginal, but nonetheless it is funny, touching and has a beautiful ending.
February 18, 2010
blacksheepboy

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[font=Century Gothic]In "The Tiger and the Snow," Attilio(Roberto Benigni, who also co-wrote and directed) is an absentminded poet and divorced father of two girls. He has been having dreams where he is marrying Vittoria(Who else but Nicoletta Braschi?) while he is wearing boxer shorts.(The dreams are so cool that Tom Waits is performing in them. But then Waits and Benigni were in "Down by Law" together...) He follows her around everywhere from city to city but now she is accompanying her employer, Fuad(Jean Reno), a renowned poet, back to his native Baghdad following the American invasion of Iraq in 2003.[/font]

[font=Century Gothic]"The Tiger and the Snow" is a charming movie about dreams, not only those of Attilio and his dream girl(his semi-disturbing behavior gets partially explained away late in the movie) but also Fuad's dreams of what Iraq will be like after the fall of Saddam Hussein. Those dreams are quickly dashed by widespread looting and a lack of medical equipment there. Despite Benigni's manic persona being on full display, this is not a comedy, nor he is making light of the tragic situation in Iraq. In fact, quite the opposite and by doing so, he reveals himself to be quite the humanist, even if his filmmaking skills may not be entirely up to the task.[/font]
January 17, 2008
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Walter M.

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Watching this movie makes you happy... it's like a drug! Roberto Benigni goes under your skin with his unbelievable actions and you can see the life in full colour! People who can not understand this movie should not write reviews... they are simply lost for art forever! Recommended for everyone who loves living!
July 20, 2010
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Panta Oz

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La tigre e la neve was a movie with a mix of drama and comedy. This made the story became very interesting and enjoyable. And off course Benigni, who was so funny sometimes. It had a simple plot although, a man discovers that the woman he loves was badly injured in a hospital in Baghdad. He traveled to Iraq in order to help her. This movie had a good script, music, (Tom Waits performance ) and a great message of hope in the end. I recommended this movie for people looking for a romantic story with brilliant ending.
September 5, 2009
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