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The Italian Reviews

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January 19, 2007
Lured, perhaps, by the promise of international markets, [director] Kravchuk instead opts for routine uplift, and once the heroic journey is set in motion, the rest is ballast.
February 8, 2007
The story of Vanya (Solntsev Kolya Spiridonov) is less than convincing.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/5
January 19, 2007
Graced with honest performances by the entire cast, The Italian is nevertheless a frustrating disappointment that promises much more than it ultimately delivers.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
September 9, 2006
We soon grow tired of marveling at Vanya's preternatural resourcefulness and plead for the thing to end -- which it soon does in the sappiest possible way, soft-focus close-up and all.
Full Review | Original Score: C
January 19, 2007
The depiction of everyday life at the orphanage is far more compelling than Vanya's personal quest. It's unfortunate that once the Italian hits the road, The Italian loses its way.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
January 21, 2007
... a nice little movie, it is also as wispy and insubstantial as cotton candy, but not quite as sweet.
February 3, 2007
The movie's sheen of desperation is ultimately like a shabby coat that, once a hint of sunshine shows up, is too easily discarded.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/6
April 27, 2007
At times, the difficulties that Vanya encounters strain credulity. The Italian doesn't bother to infuse its characters with complex motivations. They're either Bad or Good.
March 8, 2007
Kravchuk's depiction of Russian working-class life rings true, most of the time.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
September 21, 2006
A gorgeous, heartbreaking modern fairy tale that felt so real my cynical heart melted, then immediately froze in fear that it was all too real.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
March 30, 2007
...the very Russianness of The Italian argues for its worthiness; like Andrei Zvyagintsev's The Return (2004) it provides a glimpse into another, more desperate style of living.
Full Review | Original Score: 87/100
February 1, 2007
Director Andrei Kravchuk and cinematographer Alexander Burov make the harsh landscapes and decrepit interiors interesting and varied, without falsely dramatic set ups or lighting.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
March 21, 2007
Director Andrei Kravchuk makes a case for the speedy adoption practices of Madonna and Angelina Jolie with his despondent drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 19, 2007
A waif's doleful eyes make easy tools of manipulation, and, though The Italian is guilty of abusing them for viewer approval, the final shot movingly restores their importance.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
March 1, 2007
The Italian appears to be that foreign-film staple, one of those movies where a plucky rascal brightens the life of a crabby Pole/Spaniard/Korean. But it's actually much grittier than it looks.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
January 19, 2007
Director Andrei Kravchuk wisely avoids sentimental trappings and goes for a very realistic approach.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
June 9, 2008
With a tensed brow, Kolya Spiridonov plays a boy perpetually hovering between anxiety and dogged determination, and the film walks the same line, unsure about where it's going but always moving forward regardless.
January 22, 2007
A dark fairy tale from Russia, The Italian pulls you into a richly atmospheric, persuasively inhabited world teeming with foundlings and pathos.
Read More | Original Score: 4.5/5
May 9, 2007
A throwback to neo-realist filmmaking . . . snowballs in emotion until later scenes are stomach-knotting in their tension. The film largely avoids sentiment with its muted score and shadowed close-ups.
February 2, 2007
The Italian is tough to watch at times, but then so is life. Chances are you'll leave the theatre moved by the strength of the human spirit and with newfound respect for the bond between a child and his mother.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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