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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Marta Barber
Miami Herald
May 12, 2006
Enigmatic and mesmerizing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jonathan Curiel
San Francisco Chronicle
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
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
August 5, 2005
It's a bit of a mess but strong stuff nevertheless.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Tom Keogh
Seattle Times
July 22, 2005
Exceptionally handsome, somber film.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
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.
| Original Score: 3/4
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David Rooney
Variety
May 20, 2005
In the central role, Castellitto's powerfully focused performance manages to keep the complex drama grounded.
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
February 11, 2005
Far from a blasphemy, My Mother's Smile is the story of one man's journey back to belief.
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Debra Birnbaum
New York Post
February 11, 2005
An edgy drama unwinds with an emotional letdown.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
February 10, 2005
A richly rewarding film for the discerning audience.
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Leslie Camhi
Village Voice
February 8, 2005
Uncannily beautiful and deeply humanist.
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Elvis Mitchell
New York Times
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
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
June 4, 2002
The movie never gives us much reason to sympathize with its hero's plight.