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Italian for Beginners Reviews

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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
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
August 9, 2002
An engaging Danish movie that rises from the ashes of loneliness and despair to spread feelings of happiness across the screen.
| Original Score: B
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
July 20, 2002
A rarity: a humane picture about modern romance among believable adults.
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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.
| Original Score: 5/5
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
March 13, 2002
The combination of lightness and strictness in this instance gives Italian for Beginners an amiable aimlessness that keeps it from seeming predictably formulaic.
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
March 3, 2002
The result is that rarest of things -- a heartwarming love story that bears not a trace of cheap feeling or false emotion.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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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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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
February 26, 2002
Romantic comedy and Dogme 95 filmmaking may seem odd bedfellows, but they turn out to be delightfully compatible here.
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Susan Stark
Detroit News
February 26, 2002
It sends you away a believer again and quite cheered at just that.
| Original Score: 3/4
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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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Don Druker
Globe and Mail
February 23, 2002
For Hollywood, love is the province of an aristocracy of the Beautiful and the Blessed. But in the world of Italian For Beginners, love is for us.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Steven Rosen
Denver Post
February 23, 2002
There are moments it can be heart-rending in an honest and unaffected (and gentle) way.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
February 21, 2002
[The characters] get more charming by the minute.
| Original Score: 4/5
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
February 1, 2002
Scherfig clearly has fondness for these characters, even as they stumble.
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Carla Meyer
San Francisco Chronicle
February 1, 2002
Scherfig, the writer-director, has made a film so unabashedly hopeful that it actually makes the heart soar. Yes, soar.
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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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Jay Carr
Boston Globe
February 1, 2002
Who'd have thought one could fall in love with a Dogme 95 film? But I have, and this is it. Skoal and bellissima!
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Jane Sumner
Dallas Morning News
January 31, 2002
Unlike lots of Hollywood fluff, this has layered, well-developed characters and some surprises.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
January 22, 2002
Sweetly sexy, funny and touching.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
January 18, 2002
This charming but slight tale has warmth, wit and interesting characters compassionately portrayed.
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Jan Stuart
Newsday
January 18, 2002
If there was a flu shot for the blues, it might come in the form of this embraceable ode to loneliness and love regained.
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
January 18, 2002
There's something real and touching about these people's lives.
| Original Score: 3/4
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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
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
January 17, 2002
Buoyed by the sly comic edges that the likable cast members impart to their characters.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
January 17, 2002
A delicious and delicately funny look at the residents of a Copenhagen neighborhood coping with the befuddling complications life tosses at them.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
January 15, 2002
A funny, relationship-driven ensemble piece that takes the chill out of the Danish winter with a snuggly blanket of humanism.