Italian for Beginners Reviews

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March 7, 2018
Without abandoning the illusion of realism, Scherfig and her wonderful cast slyly transmute the quotidian into the magical. It's like watching flowers bloom in a concrete garden.
September 29, 2017
Scherfig manages to elicit excellent performances from a talented cast.
November 6, 2002
Scherfig, who has had a successful career in TV, tackles more than she can handle.
August 9, 2002
An engaging Danish movie that rises from the ashes of loneliness and despair to spread feelings of happiness across the screen.
July 20, 2002
A rarity: a humane picture about modern romance among believable adults.
April 15, 2002
Human without being overly sentimental, the film is touching and written with humour.
March 28, 2002
[Scherfig] has made a movie that will leave you wondering about the characters' lives after the clever credits roll.
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.
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.
February 26, 2002
Although Scherfig occasionally strays too far into the absurd, the movie is a refreshing change from formulaic romantic comedies.
February 26, 2002
Romantic comedy and Dogme 95 filmmaking may seem odd bedfellows, but they turn out to be delightfully compatible here.
February 26, 2002
It sends you away a believer again and quite cheered at just that.
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.
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.
February 23, 2002
There are moments it can be heart-rending in an honest and unaffected (and gentle) way.
February 21, 2002
[The characters] get more charming by the minute.
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.
February 1, 2002
Scherfig clearly has fondness for these characters, even as they stumble.
February 1, 2002
Scherfig, the writer-director, has made a film so unabashedly hopeful that it actually makes the heart soar. Yes, soar.
February 1, 2002
A charming Danish comedy.
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