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I'm Not Scared (Io non ho paura) Reviews

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Cole Smithey
May 6, 2009
"I'm Not Scared" suffers from ill-conceived staging and sluggish pacing. The film's theme that altruism and ignorance are punished is a careless postulate drawn from a kidnapping spree in Italy during the late '70s.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena
May 18, 2005
Delicado em seu retrato da infância, peca apenas pela conclusão frouxa, quando o próprio filme torna-se infantil.
| Original Score: 4/5
Boyd van Hoeij
February 16, 2005
Harmoniously blends elements of a coming-of-age story, a crime drama and a mystery together in something of astonishing power and scope.
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
January 29, 2005
This is a visually stunning film, an intelligently consummated marriage of genres resulting in a movie that is, if not unique, at least very special.
| Original Score: A
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
January 26, 2005
Few movies evoke the wonder and terror of childhood as this film does.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
October 28, 2004
...a fascinating, if frustrating, look at the relative lack of power and security and place a child has in our modern world.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Peter Canavese
ON Magazine
August 17, 2004
Visually striking and exceptionally performed by old and young alike, I'm Not Scared plucks the nerves.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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David Denby
New Yorker
August 1, 2004
A lyrical throwback to such movies as René Clément's Forbidden Games (1952) and other works of the humanist European cinema of a half century ago.
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
July 8, 2004
The muddled motivations of the film's adults to one side, Scared scores -- and even soars -- when looking at the world through the eyes of its 10-year-old protagonist.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Christopher Zinsli
Film Threat
July 3, 2004
What is excellently captured in Salvatores's film ... is the look and feel of those long-forgotten freeform summer days of childhood.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
June 18, 2004
To watch Gabriele Salva-tores' I'm Not Scared is to be whisked into childhood.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Daniel M. Kimmel
Worcester Telegram & Gazette
June 11, 2004
[It] first catches your attention [with] the crime... but what you'll remember long after is the terrible dilemma of a young boy being forced to face the real world.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Miles Fielder
Empire Magazine
June 11, 2004
The beautiful photography will have you booking flights to Sicily, while the unsentimental rites-of-passage drama can't fail to touch your heart.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
James Christopher
Times (UK)
June 9, 2004
A terrific attempt to express a young boy's moral awakening using intense colour schemes, wide-angle lenses and unforgiving close-ups
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
June 5, 2004
A middle-brow work posing as an art film.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Jack Garner
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
June 3, 2004
A remarkable Italian drama that elevates a thriller to the artful level of deeply affecting drama.
| Original Score: 10/10
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
June 2, 2004
This sounds like prime fodder for a fast-paced thriller, but the movie is actually something more special: a tender-hearted rumination on the loss of innocence among children.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
May 28, 2004
Those who stick with it will be richly rewarded.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Sean P. Means
Salt Lake Tribune
May 28, 2004
It's the exchanges between Cristiano and di Pierro, children caught up in nasty business they can't understand, that hit you in the gut.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Eric D. Snider
May 27, 2004
Brilliantly shows the frivolity of childhood and the joy of summertime -- an effectively contrasting background against which to set a kidnapping drama, you must admit.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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