Life Is Beautiful (La Vita è bella) Reviews

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April 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.
February 14, 2001
Its sentiment is inescapable, but genuine poignancy and pathos are also present, and an overarching sincerity is visible too.
January 1, 2000
he film's absurdist account of fascism gives the first half rich comic flavors that grow darker as the story progresses.
January 1, 2000
It's a high-wire act without a net, and Benigni pulls it off with astounding grace and sensitivity.
January 1, 2000
dares to laugh in the face of the unthinkable. And because Benigni can be heart-rending without a trace of the maudlin, it works.
January 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.
March 21, 2019
Exceptional, well-crafted, uplifting.
March 8, 2013
Roberto Benigni's finest hour arrived in 1997 when the triple-threat writer/director/actor delved deep into Charlie Chaplin territory - see "The Great Dictator" (1940).
December 25, 2010
Wrenching Holocaust fable with bittersweet humor.
August 20, 2009
The film's title, which very well could have been a straightforward declaration prior to the war, becomes a source of twisted irony once we witness Guido pull down the grate outside his humble bookshop and the words JEWISH STORE are seen sprayed across th
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