Life Is Beautiful (La Vita è bella) Reviews

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.
January 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.
January 1, 2000
You'll laugh! You'll cry! You'll smile through the evils of genocide!
January 1, 2000
Life is Beautiful has come under attack in some circles for mocking the Holocaust. Nothing could be further from the truth.
January 1, 2000
The picture doesn't work, at least not to the extent it was intended to.