Bicycle Thieves (Ladri di biciclette) Reviews

March 29, 2019
This gem tells the story of a frantic search bv a man and his son for a stolen bike which provided for the family's existence. It is told with the usual Italian realism, but with unusual excitement.
February 27, 2018
Decades later, you can see the influence of Bicycle Thieves everywhere, in a variety of genres and languages.
August 13, 2015
Vittorio De Sica's Bicycle Thieves is tender and immediate, a simple tale of a man whose bike is stolenwhen his job and life depends upon it.
January 14, 2013
The work of screenwriter Cesare Zavattini, director Vittorio De Sica, the nonprofessional actors, and many others is so charged with a common purpose that there's no point in even trying to separate their achievements.
January 14, 2013
Undeniably the most important neorealist film after Rossellini's Open City.
November 18, 2011
De Sica carefully balances a generally tragic sensibility with a quiet undercurrent of hope, all the while sucking us into the story with the sheer urgency of the search for a stolen bicycle.
July 6, 2010
The picture is a pure exercise in directorial virtuosity.
January 7, 2010
This film manages to appeal to the better angels of our nature in a way that only deepens as we grow older along with the film.
November 4, 2009
It's a title you simply must watch, not necessarily for the truths it packs but rather for the bombed-out buildings of postwar Italy, peripheral details that director Vittorio De Sica insisted on.
December 19, 2008
De Sica's neo-realist lodestone may have retained its vitality over the decades, but whatever sense of anger it whipped up in the disgruntled masses of postwar Rome feels lost to the excessively syrupy score.