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

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.
May 27, 2004
The director reminds us that not all films require a breakneck pace or ridiculous twists to be effective.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
May 14, 2004
The performances are all terrific. Each one suggests an entire story that we can only glimpse.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
May 7, 2004
An accomplished and evocative thriller from Italy.
Read More | Original Score: B
May 7, 2004
An Italian drama that restores the overused phrase 'loss of innocence' to something meaningful and memorable.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
May 7, 2004
A good story told with energy and efficiency.
Read More | Original Score: B+
May 7, 2004
Salvatores remains admirably literal throughout the story, but his camera evokes all kinds of mystical possibilities.
May 6, 2004
A collection of juxtapositions: bucolic countryside opposite jangling nerves. Innocent childhood opposite a boy subjected to unspeakable horror. Love opposite fear.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 6, 2004
Haunting and suspenseful.
May 6, 2004
Rana's anxiety, stacked on top of that of the politically tense region, creates a pitched emotional drama made more gripping by its real-world setting.
Read More | Original Score: B
April 27, 2004
Salvatores' classically illustrative treatment should open arthouse doors for the visually sumptuous production.
April 23, 2004
It's the kind of stomach-churning bedtime story that encourages us to be afraid, without ever being able to reassure us, like a parent, that it'll all be okay in the end.
April 23, 2004
A well-mounted movie, I'm Not Scared is good but it seems even better because of its evocative setting.
April 23, 2004
Makes bland international entertainment out of specific historical trauma.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
April 23, 2004
Both atmospheric thriller and heartbreaking coming-of-age tale.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
April 23, 2004
A beautifully shot and compelling blend of thriller and coming-of-age drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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
April 23, 2004
Watching it is like being lost in somebody's richly moody campfire story.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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
April 22, 2004
A thriller of conviction, class and deceptive simplicity.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
April 22, 2004
Both a spooky reverie about childhood and a slow-burning suspenser in which conspiracy and betrayal shake the foundations of a boy's life.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
April 22, 2004
A virtuoso piece of dark storytelling.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
April 12, 2004
[It's] so perfectly written and paced.
April 9, 2004
Few movies purporting to chronicle loss of innocence convey its jolt and sadness as effectively.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
April 9, 2004
At the bottom of it all lies nothing more than a by-the-numbers Hollywood thriller.
April 8, 2004
This satisfying adaptation of a popular novel is mostly an artistic reflection on youthful loss of innocence.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
April 8, 2004
Agreeably gripping coming-of-age thriller.
April 8, 2004
Powerfully and palpably capturing the isolation, confusion and unnameable fears of childhood.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
April 8, 2004
Although this visually dazzling movie from Italy takes on many of the characteristics of a conventional thriller, it refuses to go for cheap, vicious shocks.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
April 8, 2004
With a graceful confidence Salvatores has made a movie in which good and evil flow into each other as easily as day and night.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
April 8, 2004
A fierce, frightening and deeply moving study of childhood.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
April 7, 2004
With a taste for dark lyricism, the director delicately emphasizes the contrast between surface innocence and subterranean danger, and between grown-up secrets and boyhood bravery.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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.
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
February 5, 2004
Taps into the terrifying rush and excitement that accompanies a child's loss of innocence: the dislocating realization that the world is not the safe, neatly ordered place it once seemed to be.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4