Il Divo


Il Divo

Critics Consensus

While the web of corruption in this Italian political thriller can be hard for a non-native to follow, the visuals and the intrigue are compelling and thrilling in equal measure.



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Award-winning filmmaker Paolo Sorrentino (The Family Friend) writes and directs this cinematic portrait of seven-time Italian prime minister Giulio Andreotti, whose controversial legacy peaked when he was tried for Mafia ties and subsequently acquitted. A leader with close ties to the Vatican, Andreotti was also tried and acquitted for the murder of an Italian journalist, and remains a senator for life.

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Critic Reviews for Il Divo

All Critics (49) | Top Critics (20)

  • The film takes flight on the brilliant title performance by Tony Servillo (Gomorrah), who plays Andreotti like a mummified Alec Guinness, as if encased in layers of plaster of Paris.

    Aug 23, 2009 | Full Review…
  • We may not know the man, but we know the dance, as seen in the highly diverting and hugely controversial Il Divo, a biopic as wly as its subject.

    Jul 10, 2009 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • After I saw Il Divo, I suppose I should have felt indignation. I suppose I should also have felt that way after "The Godfather." But such films present such mesmerizing figures that I simply regard them, astonished.

    Jul 9, 2009 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • The enigmatic Andreotti is the perfect subject for a biopic in the European tradition.

    Jun 30, 2009 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • All in all, this phenomenal film illustrates Alexis de Tocqueville's observation that "The people get the government they deserve." In both meanings of the word, Il Divo is sensational.

    Jun 5, 2009 | Rating: 3.5/4
  • Il Divo joins Matteo Garrone's more expansive, more extraordinary Gomorrah -- which contains an even better performance from Servillo -- as a grim portrait of the trouble with modern Italy.

    Jun 4, 2009 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Il Divo

  • Jan 26, 2011
    I'm sorry, and I am obviously in a tiny minority here, but I found <i>Il Divo</i>, largely, incredibly tedious, frustrating, annoying. No amount of camera trickery, pop music interludes, fast cutaways or 3D inter titles can disguise the fact that this is a laborious, boring affair. The huge amount of characterless characters is my biggest problem, with - for a long time - practically every 60 seconds a new person being introduced and then barely seen again. I'm a huge admirer of Paolo Sorrentino's previous films but really was not feeling this one at all, and it was a real chore to get through. I didn't find it comedic, tragic or exciting, just snoozeworthy.
    Daniel P Super Reviewer
  • Dec 26, 2010
    informative (if you're interested in the mafia or their relations with other areas of italian society), filmed well but like watching paint dry... very boring! it gets to the point where you're just going "blah, blah, blah" at the screen and waiting for something to happen... which never does!
    Sanity Assassin ! Super Reviewer
  • Jun 20, 2010
    A brilliant film based on the complex and enigmatic character of Andreotti, and Italy itself. The Italian political scene during the Christian Democrats' reign was rife with clientelism, corruption and terrorism. Servillo's portrait of Andreotti is appropriately ambiguous and opaque. The primary strength of this film is Sorrentino's masterful direction, settings, framing, film composition and montage. Plus, any film that can successfully incorporate Trio's 'da da da' into a soundtrack predominately composed of classical music deserves commendation. Bravo!!!
    Stefanie C Super Reviewer
  • Feb 14, 2010
    Excellent music/sound editing and a deft portrayal by Toni Servillo that is at once comical and sad. Not being at all familiar with Andreotti's reign of terror, I was pretty confused by all the courtroom/arbitration scenes, but I gather that that's kinda what the filmmakers were going for, at least for the non-Italian audience. There are no scenes that directly implicate Andreotti's involvement with the Mafia, and that kinda gels with the film's title, <i>The Divine</i>, as if to say, he was <i>that</i> untouchable. His foes would simply disappear without him having to lift a finger.
    Alice S Super Reviewer

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