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Americano Reviews

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Farran Smith Nehme
New York Post
June 15, 2012
While Hayek isn't bad, Lola is a stock character, and very little that transpires after her arrival recovers the interest so beautifully constructed in the beginning.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Shannon M. Houston
Paste Magazine
June 15, 2012
A film with a compelling story (though far too dependent on a single character) fails to move its audience, even as its own scenes somehow fail to move their protagonist.
Full Review | Original Score: 5.5/10
Bill Weber
Slant Magazine
June 12, 2012
This odd hybrid of in-search-of-mother quest and lurid border-town pulp shows a humane intimacy mostly in touches borrowed from the filmmaker's estimable parents.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
June 14, 2012
Scenes of the director as a school-age boy in a Varda film are haunting, but end up simply sparking a desire to see Varda's work. It may take time for the son to catch his own wave.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Melissa Anderson
Village Voice
June 12, 2012
Americano, which Demy also wrote and stars in, is an ambivalent, occasionally touching work of homage to his parents, yet one whose clumsiness only underscores the superiority of their directly quoted films.
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David Fear
Time Out
June 12, 2012
The wounded characters eventually slouch toward redemption; the movie they're in, however, isn't nearly as lucky.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
June 14, 2012
Demy leans heavily on a cinematic legacy that also seems to hold him back.
Full Review | Original Score: C
JoBlo's Movie Emporium
June 24, 2012
...if you can't get past the flaws, you could always rent it just to see Salma's exotic dance number.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
February 23, 2012
A French man follows his quest to find out more about his estranged mother following her death in Venice, California.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
June 14, 2012
It is wistful and nostalgic, and at the same time full of restless curiosity.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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Peter Debruge
September 16, 2011
Though Demy's approach breaks no new ground, directorially speaking, Martin's personal journey finds a fresh angle on a universal piece of wisdom.
Harvey S. Karten
May 30, 2012
Often hypnotic, this small, well-acted piece focuses on a middle-aged man intent on fulfilling his departed mother's final wish.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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David Rooney
Hollywood Reporter
September 19, 2011
The primary appeal of Americano lies in witnessing the attempt of a famous progeny to forge his own creative path, as Demy's struggle with artistic inheritance resonates throughout unmoored Martin's voyage between past and present.
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June 14, 2012
The film's appeal has less to do with plot than mood. Demy balances his father's romanticism and his mother's naturalism, taking cues from both.
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