La Dolce Vita Reviews

January 3, 2020
It is a brilliant film, but there is nothing sweet about it.
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?
June 1, 2011
Everything has changed, and nothing has changed. How sour it still is.
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.
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.
Top Critic
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.
December 27, 2004
Everyone has a favorite scene.
December 27, 2004
[An] epic of anomie.
December 24, 2004
Marcello's journey is a string of remarkable vignettes that delivers fashion and sociology in equal measure.
December 7, 2004
Rather than wallow in cynicism, Fellini's genius is characterised by a zest for life -- albeit a tragically insatiable one -- as he sprinkles dreamlike snapshots like glitter in the darkness.
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.
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.'
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.
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.
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.
August 13, 2004
It received universal acclaim upon its release in 1960, and in retrospect it's the work that best represents its director.
July 20, 2004
Still a potent, expressionistic launch into post-war Euro-emptiness.
April 29, 2004
Truly unforgettable.
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.
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.