L' Ora di Religione (Il Sorriso di Mia Madre) (The Religion Hour) (My Mother's Smile) - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

L' Ora di Religione (Il Sorriso di Mia Madre) (The Religion Hour) (My Mother's Smile) Reviews

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May 17, 2006
Bellocchio famously took on the Catholic Church and the Italian family in his frenetic first film ... Now 40 years later, Bellocchio's attack on the same institutions is calmer and more temperate.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
May 12, 2006
Enigmatic and mesmerizing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 3, 2006
Never as engaging as the mystery surrounding it.
Full Review | Original Score: B
September 9, 2005
An artful look at religious hypocrisy, interfamily dynamics and the way people wrestle with personal history long after the original events are over.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
August 5, 2005
It's a bit of a mess but strong stuff nevertheless.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
July 22, 2005
Exceptionally handsome, somber film.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
July 21, 2005
It's messy and unsettled, but Bellocchio's distaste for the cynicism and mendacity is potent and sincere.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
May 20, 2005
It is a riveting, rich portrait of an atheist who thinks he's resistant to faith but may be in the throes of a feverish conversion.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
May 20, 2005
In the central role, Castellitto's powerfully focused performance manages to keep the complex drama grounded.
April 9, 2005
Almost as fearless as its protagonist in taking on the politics of the Catholic Church and the hypocrisies of the religious-minded.
February 11, 2005
Far from a blasphemy, My Mother's Smile is the story of one man's journey back to belief.
February 11, 2005
Bellocchio's complex drama is held together by the tight and focused performance of Castellitto.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
February 11, 2005
It's a sly, subtle portrait of systematic hypocrisy (try to count the number of times faith is referred to as an 'insurance policy') and the mysterious way fate binds children to their parents.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
February 10, 2005
A richly rewarding film for the discerning audience.
February 10, 2005
This superbly filmed Italian drama stands with Bellocchio's best work.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
February 8, 2005
Uncannily beautiful and deeply humanist.
November 4, 2003
Marco Bellocchio's expansive, memorable film floats and plummets like a box kite in a storm on drafts of melodrama, mysticism and humor.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
January 12, 2003
My Mother's Smile overflows with mildly interesting ideas and characters, but the end result is decidedly tepid.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
October 2, 2002
Flawed but fascinating portrait of Vatican politics.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
September 29, 2002
A fascinating Italian drama about the clash in values that erupts within a family when their mother is under consideration for canonization as a saint.
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