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La Sconosciuta (The Unknown) (The Other Woman) Reviews

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Christopher Null
May 6, 2009
a movie that's almost impossible to get out of your head.
| Original Score: 4/5
Enrique Buchichio
Uruguay Total
November 26, 2008
Un intenso y atrapante thriller con algo de melodrama que bien podría haber dirigido Brian de Palma.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
October 24, 2008
Tornatore, best known for Cinema Paradiso, has meticulously crafted a story that's at times so raw it hurts to watch. Its action blends piercingly lit flashbacks and dream sequences with a gray, prosaic present in an unnamed Italian city.
| Original Score: 3/4
Tricia Olszewski
Washington City Paper
October 23, 2008
Tornatore's instincts for crafting a stylish, nonlinear thriller are indisputable. But he's not yet a master, and at times you'll feel cheated even as you anticipate the next disquieting scene.
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
October 23, 2008
The Unknown Woman falters when it falls into exploitation and fatal contrivance.
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals
October 18, 2008
[An] exquisite mystery thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Deborah Young
October 18, 2008
The film has major problems blending the strong social theme of exploitation and white slavery with Tornatore's noirish screenplay, full of holes and improbabilities.
Rick Kisonak
Film Threat
October 18, 2008
It's the toast of the continent and once you've watched it, the reason why it is will be anything but a mystery.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
September 19, 2008
Plays like a cross between Hitchcock and tabloid feminism, a mix that shouldn't work and doesn't.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
September 11, 2008
Writer/director Giuseppe Tornatore ("Cinema Paradiso," "Malèna") reveals a hitherto unknown side of his own with this dark jigsaw puzzle of a mystery.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
August 15, 2008
A spellbinder with a lot of Hitchcock touches and an Ennio Morricone score to match.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
August 7, 2008
Giuseppe Tornatore has crafted a film for the ages. With some script assistance from Massimo de Rita, the writer/director is at the top of his game, bringing together a truly mysterious tale of love for family and unbridled revenge in a manner that could
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
July 25, 2008
The whole movie hangs on the gradual unraveling of the central mystery and is made with the expectation that the audience is fascinated and hanging on every tidbit. But Tornatore overplays his hand.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
June 27, 2008
Everyday incidents trigger in Irena alternately sweet and horrific memories, and these become like pieces in a jigsaw puzzle that is completed only when the film concludes, at last revealing its full meaning.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Glenn Whipp
Los Angeles Daily News
June 27, 2008
It manages to be brutal, deranged, ridiculous and heart-rending, all at once.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Amy Nicholson
Boxoffice Magazine
June 27, 2008
Postures as empathetic while getting its leading lady out of her skivvies -- there's nothing bold about taking a stance against human trafficking
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
June 26, 2008
Meet the filmmaker that [Tornatore] is today -- sadomasochistic fantasist, exploiter of women and cheesy Hitchcock imitator.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
June 5, 2008
The Unknown Woman gets by on sheer guts and style.
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Andrew O'Hehir
May 30, 2008
An exceptionally well-made example of the kind of delirious, semi-Gothic, overcooked melodrama filmmakers from the Boot have long specialized in.
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
May 30, 2008
[A] baroquely lurid and undeniably fascinating exercise in pulp with a political angle.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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