I'm Going Home - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

I'm Going Home Reviews

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Damon Smith
Boston Globe
September 6, 2002
De Oliveira gives us a witty, moving, yet unsentimental study of mortality that ranks among the best work of his career.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 5, 2002
In I'm Going Home, de Oliveira, as alive as any filmmaker, captures the way that tragedy can eat away at even those who've long outlived it.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
September 5, 2002
What a role this is for Piccoli, who plays the hubristic king, the bereaved husband, the grand artist, in tones that range from thunder to whisper.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Duane Dudek
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
August 30, 2002
De Oliveira creates an emotionally rich, poetically plump and visually fulsome, but never showy, film whose bittersweet themes are reinforced and brilliantly personified by Michel Piccoli.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Bob Strauss
Los Angeles Daily News
August 30, 2002
A film of precious increments artfully camouflaged as everyday activities.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Manohla Dargis
Los Angeles Times
August 29, 2002
If it seems like a minor miracle that its septuagenarian star is young enough to be the nonagenarian filmmaker's son, more incredible still are the clear-eyed boldness and quiet irony with which actor and director take on life's urgent questions.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
Gregory Weinkauf
New Times
August 29, 2002
Ostensibly pedestrian in its depiction of Valence's foibles on and off stage, the film studiously avoids cinematic and emotional grandstanding in favor of extremely subtle but generally effective portraiture.
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
August 29, 2002
Judging from the strength of this superbly enigmatic film, Oliveira himself seems far from ready to go home.
August 23, 2002
De Oliveira seems not only to have read John Berger's famous essay On Looking, but also to have taken it as his personal instruction manual for filmmaking.
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
August 22, 2002
An old man's film in terms of its subject, star and protagonist, 76-year-old Michel Piccoli, but not in terms of its rigorous style or its austere denial of sentimentality and self-pity.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
August 17, 2002
A touching drama about old age and grief with a tour de force performance by Michel Piccoli.
Eric Monder
Film Journal International
August 17, 2002
Speaks eloquently about the symbiotic relationship between art and life.
Ken Fox
TV Guide
August 14, 2002
This is one of Oliveira's most engaging, most accessible films to date.
| Original Score: 4/5
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
August 14, 2002
Piccoli is superb as an aging actor named Gilbert Valence.
| Original Score: 3/4
Dave Kehr
August 14, 2002
A miraculous movie, I'm Going Home is so slight, yet overflows with wisdom and emotion.
| Original Score: 10/10
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
August 13, 2002
Greets the inevitability of death with remarkable candor and depth.
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
August 13, 2002
Escaping the studio, Piccoli is warmly affecting and so is this adroitly minimalist movie.
Ed Scheid
Boxoffice Magazine
May 22, 2002
Piccoli gives a superb performance full of deep feeling.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Neil Smith
May 13, 2002
While this gentle and affecting melodrama will have luvvies in raptures, it's far too slight and introspective to appeal to anything wider than a niche audience.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jason Anderson
April 24, 2002
Ample proof of the director's great wit and wisdom.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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