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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-
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
June 5, 2004
A middle-brow work posing as an art film.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
April 6, 2004
Acted in one flavor of broadly sliced prosciutto, and marred with familiar digital punctuation, I'm Not Scared needn't be prepped for Hollywood recycling -- it is its own homogenized remake.
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
April 23, 2004
Makes bland international entertainment out of specific historical trauma.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
April 23, 2004
A coming of age story with some very interesting twists. The film moves a little slowly but it does engage you.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
May 14, 2004
Nature and animal imagery dominate Salvatores' stark, moody film, which suffers from an overreliance on mutely beautiful imagery to express its themes.
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Lisa Rose
Newark Star-Ledger
April 9, 2004
At the bottom of it all lies nothing more than a by-the-numbers Hollywood thriller.
Shlomo Schwartzberg
Boxoffice Magazine
January 18, 2004
Certainly a heartfelt film but it's also melodramatic and weighed down by heavy-handed direction and a sappy musical score.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
April 23, 2004
Yet another sad tumble from promise into violation, from the white-heat of bliss to the ashes of banality.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4

Baltimore Sun
June 11, 2004
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
April 23, 2004
A reminder of true childhood, of its fears and speculations, of the way a conversation can be overheard but not understood, of the way that the shape of the adult world forms slowly through the mist.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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James Berardinelli
April 6, 2004
With its unique perspective on both the coming-of-age and thriller genres, the movie deserves to be seen by a wider audience than the one that normally frequents subtitled movies.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
April 12, 2004
[It's] so perfectly written and paced.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
May 6, 2004
A small movie but, like the thematically similar To Kill a Mockingbird, it leaves with you a sense of children's vulnerability and their incredible resilience.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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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Claudia Puig
USA Today
April 8, 2004
Powerfully and palpably capturing the isolation, confusion and unnameable fears of childhood.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
April 26, 2004
Connects everything in a lovely and terrifying way.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
April 22, 2004
Reminiscent of the live-action Disney films of the 1970s - if Wes Craven directed one.
Full Review| Original Score: 3.5/4
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