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Facing Windows Reviews

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Emanuel Levy
February 6, 2013
| Original Score: B-
Enrique Buchichio
Uruguay Total
February 7, 2005
Sus mayores logros quizás están en la manipulación de los dos tiempos en que se narra la película (...)
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Anthony Del Valle
Las Vegas Mercury
October 30, 2004
[It] gives off a lot of pleasure: in the performances, the texture, the moment-by-moment changes in emotional temperature.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Sean P. Means
Salt Lake Tribune
September 20, 2004
Strong performances by Girotti ... and Mezzogiorno make director Fernan Ozpetek's dovetailed stories of forbidden love compelling and vibrant.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Matt Kelemen
Las Vegas CityLife
September 9, 2004
Ozpetek continues to explore his pet themes in his latest film while toning down the melodramatic excesses and meandering storylines that dragged down his previous work.

Empire Magazine
September 4, 2004
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
August 27, 2004
The characters are compelling enough to make it worth plowing through the subtitles.
| Original Score: 3/5
Neil Smith
August 24, 2004
Blends romance, mystery and fantasy to beguiling, if slightly bewildering, effect.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Richard Nilsen
Arizona Republic
August 12, 2004
There are two stories in Facing Windows, one of them profound and deeply moving, the other pure soap opera.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
Kevin Lally
Film Journal International
August 8, 2004
Provides a fine showcase for a rising star of Italian cinema, Giovanna Mezzogiorno ... and a final salute to an Italian veteran, Massimo Girotti.
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
July 30, 2004
Mezzogiorno...rises about the melodrama with a soulful grace that recalls Monica Vitti in her Antonioni films.
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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
July 23, 2004
Ozpetek ends up with a lot of balls in the air, and he has to do some scrambling to keep up. He pulls it off, but it feels like he's making this harder than it needs to be.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
July 23, 2004
As the relationship progresses between Giovanna and Davide, Facing Windows becomes refined with deeper truths.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
July 23, 2004
Thanks to fine performances and a grounded script, the pieces of this intriguing little puzzle all manage to fit.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
July 22, 2004
The film's puzzlelike structure is a help; Simone's secret may not be hard to guess, but watching him work it out with the aid of Giovanna and Lorenzo consistently holds our interest.
| Original Score: B-
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
July 22, 2004
It's a corny and utterly implausible story in many ways -- but, like The Notebook, it's an implausible romance that connects with us because of the lush style and the power of the performances.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
July 21, 2004
Ozpetek is an enriching director. More than a presentation of its contents, every scene seems also to be a distillation of the matters that led to it.
M.E. Russell
July 16, 2004
Terrific performance by Mezzogiorno grounds a lovely, if flawed, film.
| Original Score: B-
David Elliott
San Diego Union-Tribune
July 16, 2004
The Italians do a sort of romantic film best, but they start with a big edge: Italy. In Facing Windows, they have Rome and the warm colors and the food, and a very good cast led by immensely appealing Giovanna Mezzogiorno.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
July 16, 2004
It's Italian, it's actually quite mesmerizing in the manner of '50s psychological melodrama held together by incredible coincidences, everyone in it is splendidly attractive, and when you get out, you will be thinking: 'I have to get a pie soon.'
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
October 18, 2008
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Time Out
January 26, 2006

Boston Phoenix
March 5, 2005
Ken Eisner
Georgia Straight
August 14, 2004

The Straits Times (Singapore)
July 11, 2004
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