Reviews

Dec 25, 2010
Wrenching Holocaust fable with bittersweet humor.
Oct 29, 2008
Jun 10, 2002
How appealing you find it will probably depend on your response to Benigni's screen-hogging routines -- the line between endearing and irksome is a fine one.
Apr 12, 2002
Yes, there are heaps of charm and poignancy in this trifle, but it's a trifle nonetheless -- light-and-bright, for sure, but also slight-and-trite.
Mar 5, 2002
If this is a fantasy, it is probably a compensation we need when facing the reality of history.
Feb 14, 2001
Its sentiment is inescapable, but genuine poignancy and pathos are also present, and an overarching sincerity is visible too.
Jan 1, 2000
The Holocaust requires no dramatisation to shock us. But this irritating little Euro-Chaplin has found a new way to present something we'd all rather look away from.
Jan 1, 2000
Sentimentality is a kind of fascism too, robbing us of judgment and moral acuity, and it needs to be resisted. Life Is Beautiful is a good place to start.
Jan 1, 2000
Benigni certainly knew the risk he was taking with his idea, but the circumstances overwhelm him.
Jan 1, 2000
Roberto Benigni's comic fable about one family's struggle to survive in a Nazi concentration camp is in offensively poor taste.
Jan 1, 2000
This is an excellent movie for families to watch together, to discuss not just the historical framework but challenges that parents face when they see their children learn about tragedy and unfairness.
Jan 1, 2000
The lesson that Benigni ultimately imparts is that it's easy to convince a child horror doesn't exist as long as it stays out of the way while the two of you are goofing off.
Jan 1, 2000
Benigni's movie made me want to throw up.
Jan 1, 2000
The movie manages to incorporate all these things into a moving yet unsentimental story about the beauty of maintaining one's wits while stumbling blindly in the insane no man's land that lies beyond wit's end.
Jan 1, 2000
In the real death camps there would be no role for Guido. But Life Is Beautiful is not about Nazis and Fascists, but about the human spirit.
Jan 1, 2000
You'll laugh! You'll cry! You'll smile through the evils of genocide!
Jan 1, 2000
Life is Beautiful has come under attack in some circles for mocking the Holocaust. Nothing could be further from the truth.
Jan 1, 2000
The picture doesn't work, at least not to the extent it was intended to.
Jan 1, 2000
Art-house sentimentalists will likely go for Beautiful in a big way, but even those who aggressively resist manipulation can find a lot to admire.
Jan 1, 2000
he film's absurdist account of fascism gives the first half rich comic flavors that grow darker as the story progresses.