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It stumbles into melodrama, but I Am Love backs up its flamboyance with tremendous visual style and a marvelous central performance from Tilda Swinton. Read critic reviews

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At a dinner -- during which her husband, Tancredi (Pippo Delbono), learns that he and his son Edoardo Recchi Jr. (Flavio Parenti) are about to assume control of the Edoardo Recchi Sr.'s (Gabriele Ferzetti) lucrative business -- Emma (Tilda Swinton) meets a chef named Antonio (Edoardo Gabbriellini). Antonio and Emma soon find themselves in bed together. With the family already divided over the elder Recchi's unusual plans, Emma's affair is the wild card that might divide the family for good.

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All Critics (134) | Top Critics (49) | Fresh (108) | Rotten (26)

  • The predictable end, which comes with an abruptness that feels altogether too constructed, completes the fantasy of transgression that's at the heart of the movie's appeal, however elaborate the trappings.

    June 28, 2013 | Full Review…
  • The grand architecture of Milan and the icy rhythms of composer John Adams set the tone for this elegant Italian drama about the suffocating power of family, wealth, and tradition.

    December 14, 2010 | Full Review…
  • Grandiose family drama packed with rich scenery, stirring performances and comprehensive camerawork - if only the rest wasn't so boring.

    August 13, 2010 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
  • There's no getting around the fact that this is elegant soap opera,. It won't appeal to every taste. But it's sensational to look at, powerfully acted, and delivers a bang for the emotional buck.

    August 4, 2010 | Full Review…
  • Despite a superb cast and a fabulous look, the picture collapses under the weight of its lofty pretensions, especially in the black hole of the last act, where it topples into near-absurdity.

    July 16, 2010 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • If you're not in the mood, the whole thing will probably seem pretty silly. But if you are -- oh, if you are -- I Am Love may be the richest, tastiest truffle you're likely to savor all summer.

    July 8, 2010 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for I Am Love

  • Feb 11, 2014
    A bit melodramatic but worth watching.
    Wildaly M Super Reviewer
  • Jul 28, 2013
    Excruciatingly slow, overblown melodrama.
    Ross C Super Reviewer
  • Sep 24, 2012
    Something like Dallas, Italian Style, 3 1/2 Stars 9-24-12
    Bruce B Super Reviewer
  • Aug 26, 2011
    Exquisitely directed and acted, with an amazing Tilda Swinton perfectly conveying the discovery of love, this is a beautiful and sumptuous Italian drama that brings to mind the aesthetic and narrative style of Luchino Visconti, growing in a crescendo towards a glorious, explosive end.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer

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