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I'm Going Home Reviews

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Susan Stark
Detroit News
November 27, 2002
Elliptical as it is perceptive.
| Original Score: 3/4
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
November 22, 2002
Stylistically adventurous.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
November 15, 2002
The kind of quiet masterpiece that fully registers only after you've seen it.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Carla Meyer
San Francisco Chronicle
November 1, 2002
Subtly powerful.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
October 18, 2002
Watching this gentle, mesmerizing portrait of a man coming to terms with time, you barely realize your mind is being blown.
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
October 17, 2002
The movie is a trove of delights.
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Marta Barber
Miami Herald
September 20, 2002
A different movie -- sometimes tedious -- by a director many viewers would like to skip but film buffs should get to know.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
September 16, 2002
Wonderful performances and beautiful camera work.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
September 13, 2002
Few films seem so wise and knowing about the fact of age and the approach of the end.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
September 12, 2002
A work of devastating simplicity and poetic tact and grace.
| Original Score: 4/4
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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
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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
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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.
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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.
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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
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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.
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
April 19, 2002
If that old bromide about the universal power of simple storytelling seems to bear repeating, it's because every powerful story simply told seems new in the telling.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
April 19, 2002
At the film's centre is a precisely layered performance by an actor in his mid-seventies, Michel Piccoli.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
October 22, 2001
Gives you the steady pulse of life in a beautiful city viewed through the eyes of a character who, in spite of tragic loss and increasing decrepitude, knows in his bones that he is one of the luckiest men alive.
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
September 28, 2001
Like a precious and finely cut diamond, magnificent to behold in its sparkling beauty yet in reality it's one tough rock.