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Amarcord Reviews

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Dan Jardine
January 10, 2016
Fellini shoots much of the film in muted colors that seem slightly out-of-focus, as if he were attempting to transport us into a dreamlike state.
Full Review | Original Score: 82/100
Glenn Dunks
September 8, 2013
Fellini's ability to compose a frame that oozes baroque drama and vitality is almost unparalleled and Amarcord more or less succeeded for me in evoking a time period through the eyes of a young boy...
Christopher Long
Movie Metropolis
February 26, 2011
Sweet and endearing for many, irritating and tedious for others.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
December 22, 2009
Continues to resemble something a lewd, grouchy, fitfully indecent silent-movie director might have made for his first time using color and sound. That, at least, would explain the shouting.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Gerald Peary
Boston Phoenix
December 17, 2009
Seen today, Amarcord is something of a disappointment, clever and moving in places, but also sprawling, undisciplined, clumsy in patches, and decidedly overlong.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
December 13, 2009
[S]imply nonsensical to me. Fascists are idiots, Catholic priests are clowns -- I agree with this. So why don't I feel it?
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Jay Cocks
TIME Magazine
April 27, 2009
Fellini is so bountiful with incident and observation that he makes most other film makers seem stingy.
April 27, 2009
Bloated, overblown and essentially empty, Fellini's last hit movie skims over the surface of the lives it depicts, substituting manufactured sentiment for genuine feeling or understanding.
Robert W. Butler
Kansas City Star
April 23, 2009
Amarcord will make you howl with laughter and then choke back a tear. And all the while you'll be building your own memories of this landmark movie.
| Original Score: 4/4
Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly
April 14, 2009
Watching the movie feels like flipping through a cartoon sketchbook of Fellini's vivid remembrances and formative experiences.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
March 27, 2009
I'm not sure how Amarcord played in the '70s, but now it feels like an affectionate parody of Italian movie conventions.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
March 27, 2009
Federico Fellini's films beg to be seen on a movie screen. Their panoramic, overstuffed frames and larger-than-life characters overflow the boundaries of home theater; their exuberant, generous humor is best enjoyed in a packed auditorium.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Beth Accomando
March 17, 2009
Amarcord is Fellini's scrapbook of memories culled from his own life and it is completely engaging and delightful.
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Philip Kennicott
Washington Post
March 13, 2009
Orthodox Fellini lovers will give primacy to La Strada or La Dolce Vita, but Amarcord has its fans, and it's easy to see why.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
March 1, 2009
It's one of the noted Italian directors more vibrant films that captures him at his most playful and incisive.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
February 13, 2009
He [Director Fellini] leaves us with the hope that the human comedy just may be able to survive everything.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
January 16, 2009
What's so surprising about this film is just how loose and effortlessly enjoyable it is, despite all its ideas and images. It's one of the director's very best.
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Variety Staff
December 3, 2008
This Fellini opus is his most accessible to mass audiences since La Dolce Vita.
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
December 3, 2008
Uneven, loosely structured, and at times pretty vulgar as well as sentimental, but with some touching and lovely episodes.
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Lance Goldenberg
Village Voice
December 3, 2008
What positions the film among Fellini's greatest are its punctuation points of mysterious beauty.
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