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Vincere Reviews

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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
November 17, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Joshua Katzman
Chicago Reader
December 30, 2010
Carol Crivelli's soaring classical score heightens Bellochio's operatic tendencies.
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David Jenkins
Time Out
May 13, 2010
An astute study of amour fou and a cautionary tale about how the worship of false idols can lead to personal and national collapse.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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May 11, 2010
Bellocchio has turned the story of Mussolini's discarded wife and son into a movie that has some of the bully swagger and excess of Il Duce himself.
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
April 15, 2010
The untold story of how fascist strongman Benito Mussolini rose to power by trampling on the woman who loved him is a bracingly cinematic lesson in how all politics is personal.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
April 8, 2010
Vincere is a thrilling period drama about the power of delusions.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
April 6, 2010
There's visual poetry here and haunted performances from Mezzogiorno and Timi -- who plays two roles, and is especially gripping as Dalser 1/2 1/2s grown son.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Tom Long
Detroit News
April 2, 2010
A passionate, bold look at power, paranoia and betrayal in a little-known corner of history, Vincere is steamy, sad and so Italian it feels like an opera.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Glenn Whipp
Associated Press
April 2, 2010
Bellocchio tells the film's historical story in an electrifying fashion, mixing in newsreel footage, on-screen slogans and Futurist art, a bit of thunder and lightning and Carlo Crivelli's boom-boom score.
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
April 2, 2010
It's grand, heartbreaking material, made even more riveting by the fact that it is very likely true.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
April 1, 2010
Giovanna Mezzogiorno plays Ida, and if you know Mezzogiorno you know instantly why this film is worth seeing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
April 1, 2010
The brave and unflinching performance of Giovanna Mezzogiorno is the foundation upon which the bedrock of Vincere rests. She's the heart and soul of the film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
April 1, 2010
Bellocchio's talent for expressive visuals is everywhere in evidence. It's the script that needs more balance.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
April 1, 2010
With wild collages of newsreel footage, swirling newspaper headlines, text, and music, Bellocchio fashions a melodrama of epic proportions.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
April 1, 2010
Bellocchio's priorities are electrically clear. Sensation, sensation, sensation. The effect is a rare kind of moviegoing chaos. Are we to laugh, cry, scratch our temples, or grab our dates? In the spirit of the movie, do them all at once.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
April 1, 2010
The film is beautifully well-mounted. The locations, the sets, the costumes, everything conspire to re-create the Rome of that time. It provides a counterpoint to the usual caricature of Mussolini.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
March 31, 2010
Mezzogiorno plays Dalser with the kind of fervent intensity once seen in silent films...
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
March 26, 2010
Here, in microcosm, is the tragedy of totalitarianism and its impact on the human soul.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
March 25, 2010
An intense and intriguing, if at times uneven, film with Italian director Marco Bellocchio wringing every drop of emotion out of his actors and his audience before it is over.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
March 22, 2010
The movie, a near-masterpiece, is a monument to intoxication: of sexual conquest, of military conquest, and, most of all, of cinema.
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
March 19, 2010
A sustained, alternatingly exhausting and aesthetically exhilarating howl of a film.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
March 19, 2010
Bellocchio's bigger-than-life story requires over-the-top performances, which are provided by Giovanna Mezzogiorno as Ida and Filippo Timi as the young Mussolini and, later, his grown son.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Noel Murray
AV Club
March 18, 2010
Vincere starts to run dry of stunning visual gambits and become redundant in its second hour, as the madhouse sequences dominate, but Bellocchio's central premise retains its power and poignancy throughout.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Rob Nelson
Village Voice
March 16, 2010
A movie whose audacious editing fully captures the hot and heavy relationships between past and present, sex and politics, reality and, yes, cinema.
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David Denby
New Yorker
March 15, 2010
Her story is one of endurance and martyrdom, and Bellocchio treats her with grave courtesy, focussing on her battered face as she is subjected to years of beatings in the asylum, and on her drive to escape.
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Mark Peranson
Globe and Mail
September 11, 2009
An operatic tour de force.
| Original Score: 4/4
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Natasha Senjanovic
Hollywood Reporter
May 20, 2009
He creates an intimate mood while alluding to the general feel of the highly chronicled era without going too far over the top or reconstructing elaborate sets.