Malena Reviews

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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.
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March 22, 2002
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February 7, 2001
Bereft of the more richly textured sentiments of Tornatore's Cinema Paradiso.
February 7, 2001
[Tornatore] eludes sentimentality with a romantic vision wide enough to embrace the range of human experience.
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 2, 2001
Its heart is in the right place.
February 2, 2001
Transparently misogynist at its core.
February 2, 2001
An affecting coming-of-age story.
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
[Bellucci] has presence, maybe even talent, but you wish that Malena's inner life had been given as much accent as her outer charms.
February 2, 2001
Funny as it is sobering.
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
Renato does not intervene to correct the false impressions of the townspeople, nor does he courageously stand for Malna ... What happens instead is far more compelling, but no less merciful and moving.
February 2, 2001
Any moral lesson the film pretends to hold is as muddled as it is misguided.
February 2, 2001
The cliches in this movie are as ripe and plump and tightly packed as olives in a jar. But the surface is handsome, moving and humorous, and people are going to like it.
February 1, 2001
A well-crafted, provocative film by one of Italy's consummate screen artists.
February 1, 2001
Makes something wistful, enduring and even optimistic out of humanity's basest instincts.
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