The Flowers of St Francis (Francesco, giullare di Dio) (Francis, God's Jester) - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

The Flowers of St Francis (Francesco, giullare di Dio) (Francis, God's Jester) Reviews

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Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
May 6, 2013
Austerely glorious; what's seen confronts what's felt. 63 years on, Rossellini's vision of St Francis offers a humble Catholicism at stark odds with the reality of the Church's ruling elite today.
Jay Antani
Cinema Writer
August 24, 2006
one of the cinema's loveliest spiritual explorations
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Shawn Levy
July 14, 2006
Pious and earthy, crude and artful, filled with pithy religious lessons but devoid of moralizing.
Read More | Original Score: A-
Aaron Hillis
Premiere Magazine
July 13, 2006
A timeless treat.
Top Critic
Bosley Crowther
New York Times
March 25, 2006
Thanks to the simplicity of its filming and the sympathetic musical score Renzo Rossellini has affixed, it sends one forth from the theatre feling kindlier towards his fellow man.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
February 5, 2006
Rossellini shows a great compassion and humor for the friars.
Full Review | Original Score: A
John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews
September 24, 2005
a small film from a self-proclaimed atheist illustrates spiritual truths far more profoundly than more widely screened spectacles
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
August 20, 2005
Though Roberto Rossellini's Francesco, giullare di Dio...tells stories of a Roman Catholic saint, it should not be branded merely as a religious film.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
Christopher Null
August 12, 2005
a film for the faithful
| Original Score: 3.5/5
Fernando F. Croce
Slant Magazine
August 9, 2005
The theme is less the simplicity of religion than the religiosity of simplicity.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Matt Bailey
Not Coming to a Theater Near You
May 31, 2005
Rossellini's film has an uncomplicated charm and an effortless beauty.
Steven D. Greydanus
Decent Films Guide
December 7, 2004
A delightfully simple film, as much a tribute to the spirit of humane curiosity in which the film was made as to the heritage of spirituality that is its transcendent theme.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
Top Critic
Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
April 25, 2001
Rossellini's buoyant 1950 masterpiece is a glorious hallucination of perfect harmony between man and nature.
Emanuel Levy
July 22, 2005
Read More | Original Score: A

TV Guide
January 1, 2000
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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