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Italian for Beginners Reviews

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Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
January 31, 2002
It becomes a fairly trite romantic comedy in which people pair up for no reason other than that the script needs them to.
Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks
January 10, 2003
Full Review | Original Score: C
Jeremy Heilman
March 5, 2002
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
February 26, 2002
In Italian for Beginners, Scherfig has failed at making her story and characters seem ordinary while succeeding at making a very ordinary film.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
November 6, 2002
Scherfig, who has had a successful career in TV, tackles more than she can handle.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews
March 6, 2002
Without a strong script and energetic acting, Dogma films can produce the same sleep-inducing effects as watching your neighbor's home videos.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Steve Simels
TV Guide
January 17, 2002
If this is the Danish idea of a good time, prospective tourists might want to consider a different destination -- some jolly country embroiled in a bloody civil war, perhaps.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
January 18, 2002
A Danish Nora Ephron movie in Dogma drag, and the result is even more precious than it is tedious.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Paula Nechak
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
January 31, 2002
While the film shuns the glamour or glitz that an American movie might demand, Scherfig tosses us a romantic scenario that is just as simplistic as a Hollywood production.
Lawrence Toppman
Charlotte Observer
May 17, 2002
A dramatic comedy as pleasantly dishonest and pat as any Hollywood fluff.
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
March 28, 2002
[Scherfig] has made a movie that will leave you wondering about the characters' lives after the clever credits roll.
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
February 1, 2002
A charming Danish comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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James Berardinelli
February 4, 2002
Despite the drawbacks of the Dogma approach, Italian for Beginners speaks to the universal subject of love in a way that will delight most viewers.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
February 23, 2002
Schefberg has the courage to make the story messily un-formulaic.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 24, 2010
Romantic, often comic but certainly for grownups.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Donald Munro
Fresno Bee
March 29, 2002
Uplifting, funny and wise.
Read More | Original Score: A-
Eric D. Snider
September 18, 2002
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
February 26, 2002
Although Scherfig occasionally strays too far into the absurd, the movie is a refreshing change from formulaic romantic comedies.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
January 18, 2002
This charming but slight tale has warmth, wit and interesting characters compassionately portrayed.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
February 3, 2002
Nora Ephron's films should be this enchanting.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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