Critic Consensus: Roberto Benigni misfires wildly with this adaptation of Pinocchio, and the result is an unfunny, poorly-made, creepy vanity project.
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Critic Reviews for Pinocchio
The recut American version is truly awful, but a good 75 percent of the awfulness is attributable to Miramax, the film's distributor.
What can one say about a balding 50-year-old actor playing an innocent boy carved from a log?
What remains is a variant of the nincompoop Benigni persona, here a more annoying, though less angry version of the irresponsible Sandlerian manchild, undercut by the voice of the star of Road Trip.
I can't say this enough: This movie is about an adult male dressed in pink jammies.
Instead of hiding Pinocchio from critics, Miramax should have hidden it from everyone.
An epic turkey, in a league with this year's Swept Away, that must be seen to be believed.
Audience Reviews for Pinocchio
Criative, strong and the best Pinocchio film that I ver saw.
Gosh, what a piece of pretentious guffaw-inducing celluloid. Benigni doesn't fit the Pinocchio role well. He's not cute or funny - he's a bit of a buffoon. There's no magic here; move along!
This is not the Disney movie, but rather the 2002 Italian version made by Roberto Benigni. This was savaged in its initial run because of the daft decision to release it in a dubbed version that didn?t even have Benigni doing the voice over. I watched the subtitled version, but this really is still a pretty flawed movie without the dubbing. To the movie?s credit, the production design is quite good and as a whole this is a good visual movie. The story is meant to be a lot closer to the original book, which means there are a lot of, shall we say eccentric, bits of fairy tale silliness throughout. There was something good to be salvaged here but what scuttles the movie is the decision to cast Benigni, a fifty year old man, in the title role; there?s just something creepy about that. It also doesn?t help the Benigni does nothing to make it look like he?s made of wood.
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