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The Keys to the House Reviews

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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
June 9, 2005
Amelio, one of the true modern heirs of the great Italian neo-realist tradition, is a filmmaker of great subtlety, emotional precision and socio-psychological acumen.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Deborah Young
Variety
June 9, 2005
Radiates a warm humanity and uplifts the spirit.
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
December 27, 2004
Amelio deals with the sensitive subject in a mature matter, refusing to descend into Hollywood-style schmaltz.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
December 22, 2004
It takes a story that could be turned into the most florid kind of tear-jerker and instead tells it with an exactness and a restraint that makes it powerfully effective.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
December 22, 2004
Both Rossi and Charlotte Rampling, as the mother of another young patient, do fine work. But the only surprises come at the end, too late to move us the way they should.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
December 21, 2004
The kind of quietly unassuming tear-jerker that works its way into your heart despite the occasional cries of protest emanating from your head.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Leslie Camhi
Village Voice
December 21, 2004
Amelio's camera captures with subtlety and without sentimentality the state of mind of a parent for whom every child running freely in the park is a painful reminder of another's limitations.
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Kim Morgan
L.A. Weekly
December 16, 2004
Subtle yet powerfully subversive look into the emotional toll and confusion of dealing with a disabled child.