Malena Reviews

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January 25, 2018
Malena poses as a bounteously endowed, ripe, curvy Italian mamma, but metaphorically it's an undernourished cadaverous Kate Moss of a movie.
January 8, 2018
A film about Malena herself, her travails, the deep-reaching conclusion, would have been much more interesting and original, but Tornatore is mired in cliches.
February 2, 2009
For those of us who love Cinema Paradiso, the news that its Italian director Giuseppe Tornatore and his musical soulmate Ennio Morricone were getting back together to do another coming-of-age film, Malena, gave us tantalizing hope. Malena fa
December 25, 2006
Tornatore's Malena is to adolescence what his Cinema Paradiso was to childhood, a lyrical if sentimental fable about the perils of gowing up and the power of the imagination.
August 28, 2001
...ravishing to look at...the lush cinematography and luxuriant musical score adding to our enjoyment. But, ultimately, the film disappoints by not being about very much.
March 20, 2001
Nonetheless, unlike his earlier and far superior "Cinema Paradiso," "Malena" often feels more repulsive than touching.
February 7, 2001
Bereft of the more richly textured sentiments of Tornatore's Cinema Paradiso.
February 7, 2001
February 7, 2001
A film that aspires to do two things at once, but ends up doing not much at all.
February 7, 2001
Despite Bellucci's strong presence in a role with little dialogue, the central character never really comes alive in any way interesting enough to give her ordeal much genuine pathos.
February 5, 2001
A featherweight that might well blow right off the screen were it not anchored in place by a few darker undercurrents.
February 2, 2001
Like so many movies these days, Malna is a jumble of ideas from earlier films.
February 2, 2001
Transparently misogynist at its core.
February 2, 2001
The result is like a bad novel in which the personalities and feelings of the characters are described to us rather than revealed through what they do.
February 2, 2001
The film lacks a focused, compelling narrative -- perhaps because Tornatore is trying to manufacture a hit by juggling story elements more forced and manipulative than felt.
February 2, 2001
Like Malena herself, the movie ends up nothing more than a great-looking mess.
February 2, 2001
Should never have come over the water.
February 2, 2001
Any moral lesson the film pretends to hold is as muddled as it is misguided.
February 2, 2001
Cute but repetitive.
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