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Il Divo Reviews

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August 23, 2009
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.
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
July 10, 2009
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
July 9, 2009
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Kerry Lengel
Arizona Republic
June 30, 2009
The enigmatic Andreotti is the perfect subject for a biopic in the European tradition.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
June 5, 2009
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
June 4, 2009
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Kristin Tillotson
Minneapolis Star Tribune
May 28, 2009
A must-see for political junkies of any nationality.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
May 15, 2009
Il Divo is best appreciated as the bizarre character study of an essentially unlovable man who somehow became one of his country's most successful leaders.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
April 30, 2009
Simultaneously exhilarating and confounding, dazzling and confusing, this is filmmaking of such verve and style that you likely won't care that you can't follow it completely.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
April 29, 2009
You need know nothing about Italian politics to completely enjoy the fantastical, Fellini-fied, tragi-comic, biographical fun-for-all Il Divo.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Anthony Lane
New Yorker
April 27, 2009
You could dismiss Servillo's portrayal as a cartoon, but the great actors know that beneath the dark surface of caricature lies a heightened and vivifying truth, as potent as fortified wine. Consume with great caution, and with joy.
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
April 24, 2009
So much half-digested information is expelled, so many key incidents skate by, that the effect is like being force-fed a history lesson you never wanted to sit through in the first place.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
April 24, 2009
Director Paolo Sorrentino's knockout drama Il Divo concentrates on Andreotti's final government (1991-92) and subsequent legal battles.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
April 24, 2009
As operatic cinema, it ranks alongside the best of Martin Scorsese and Francis Ford Coppola.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
April 23, 2009
Sorrentino's directorial flourishes are at least partly to blame for the lack of clarity; his ornate setpieces are frequently dazzling, but as they pile up over two hours, they wind up distracting as often as they illuminate.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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David Fear
Time Out
April 22, 2009
Il Divo taps into something that's indeed borderless: Americans recognize political corruption and backroom conspiracies even if we don't intimately know the players.
| Original Score: 4/6
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Ella Taylor
Village Voice
April 22, 2009
Hard on the heels of the acclaimed Gomorrah, Italian corruption gets a much quieter but equally vigorous workout in Paolo Sorrentino's highly stylized portrait of the country's most enduring political leader.
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Jay Weissberg
Variety
October 18, 2008
An intensely political film so wildly inventive and witty that it will become a touchstone for years to come.
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
October 18, 2008
Unlike most political biopics, director Paolo Sorrentino's film is pure, exuberant razzle-dazzle, including ironic voice-over, playful graphics and a blackly humorous montage of the "natural" deaths that came to Andreotti's rivals.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Brunette
Hollywood Reporter
October 18, 2008
At long last in this year's Cannes Competition, a film on a serious subject that nevertheless consistently entertains and often makes you laugh out loud.