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La Dolce Vita Reviews

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Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
May 1, 2013
Fellini has set out to move us with the depravity of contemporary life and has chosen what seems to me a poor method: cataloging sins. Very soon we find ourselves thinking: Is that all?
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David Fear
Time Out
June 1, 2011
Everything has changed, and nothing has changed. How sour it still is.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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May 8, 2007
Perhaps many spectators will squirm at the three-hour length of the film or of some of its sequences (though director Federico Fellini cut some 30 minutes from his final print), yet others will never notice they've sat that long.
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
May 8, 2007
The film was hugely successful and widely praised in its time, though it's really nothing more than the old C.B. De Mille formula of titillation and moralizing.
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Time Out
January 26, 2006
There are perhaps a couple of party scenes too many, and the peripheral characters can be unconvincing, but the stylish cinematography and Fellini's bizarre, extravagant visuals are absolutely riveting.
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Richard Nilsen
Arizona Republic
December 27, 2004
[An] epic of anomie.
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Douglas Pratt
Hollywood Reporter
December 27, 2004
Everyone has a favorite scene.
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
December 24, 2004
Marcello's journey is a string of remarkable vignettes that delivers fashion and sociology in equal measure.
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
December 2, 2004
It comes from a period in which the filmmaker was perched between neorealism and all-out fantasia. As such, it represents the best of two worlds, even as Marcello can't find contentment in either one.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
October 15, 2004
It's a comic, cutting and prophetic poem to Rome, movie stars, gossip and the lifestyles we have hungered to know more about ever since the first 'celebrity.'
| Original Score: 5/5
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
September 23, 2004
The circus that became the '60s was ushered in cinematically by La Dolce Vita, Federico Fellini's masterwork about the so-called 'sweet life' on Rome's teeming Via Veneto.
| Original Score: A
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
September 9, 2004
As much as La Strada, 8 1/2 or Amarcord, La Dolce Vita still marks a summit of Fellini and of post-war Italian moviemaking.
| Original Score: 4/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
August 20, 2004
[Fellini's] poetic sensibilities are in full effect. There's also a tremendous soulfulness that roots the movie's depiction of sin in the soil of introspection.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
August 13, 2004
It received universal acclaim upon its release in 1960, and in retrospect it's the work that best represents its director.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
July 20, 2004
Still a potent, expressionistic launch into post-war Euro-emptiness.
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
April 29, 2004
Truly unforgettable.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Bosley Crowther
New York Times
May 20, 2003
In sum, it is an awesome picture, licentious in content but moral and vastly sophisticated in its attitude and what it says.
| Original Score: 5/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
The movie is made with boundless energy. Fellini stood here at the dividing point between the neorealism of his earlier films ... and the carnival visuals of his extravagant later ones.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4