Pranzo di Ferragosto (Mid-August Lunch) - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Pranzo di Ferragosto (Mid-August Lunch) Reviews

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Ella Taylor
Village Voice
March 16, 2010
The only whiff of passion comes from the sadistic care that has gone into putting garish clothes and makeup on the mother, which give her the ghoulish air of Jeanne Moreau in a fun-house mirror.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
May 7, 2010
An Italian comedy so slight it practically evaporates...
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
Bill Weber
Slant Magazine
March 30, 2009
At best a cute anecdote that scrapes by at just over 70 minutes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Phil Hall
March 14, 2010
Feels more like an unsatisfactory appetizer than a satisfying main course.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Calvin Wilson
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
May 6, 2010
Charming but insignificant.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Marshall Fine
Hollywood & Fine
March 18, 2010
No one seems to have a clue about how to inject life into lifeless material...a cinematic meal of soft, bland fare only.
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
April 23, 2010
If Mid-August Lunch were a meal instead of a movie, it would be something light and quick, but not entirely unsatisfying. A green salad with a couple pieces of grilled shrimp on top, say.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4

National Post
April 1, 2009
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
Jamie S. Rich
July 30, 2014
Di Gregorio stars in the film as well as writing and directing, and a more charming mealtime companion you're not likely to find.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Sam Adams
Philadelphia City Paper
April 23, 2010
As shimmering and insubstantial as heat haze... an airy morsel that dissolves on the tongue, imparting only the faintest hint of flavor.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Jeff Meyers
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
April 26, 2010
Easy as a Sunday morning ...
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Tom Hutchinson
Filmstar Magazine
August 14, 2009
The film is full of natural comedy; his women could easily have been comic harridans, but they are too fully drawn, perhaps because the director allowed them to draw themselves.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Toby Young
Times (UK)
August 14, 2009
The beauty of this picture is that it doesn't shy away from depicting the indignities of growing old - not the least of which is that none of your children wants to look after you - and yet manages to invest all of its elderly characters with dignity.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Nicolas Rapold
Film Comment Magazine
November 13, 2013
Shot handheld and mostly confined to the apartment, the film is (despite some mild food tourism) a delightful feat
Richard Knight
Windy City Times
April 12, 2010
A delightful homage to the simple pleasures that life can offer no matter the age.
Sarah Boslaugh
May 7, 2010
[Di Gregorio] draws wonderfully unfussy performances from his nonprofessional cast and ... produces a film which feels so natural that it seems to be capturing real life
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Catherine Shoard
August 14, 2009
Mid-August Lunch is a film of rare benevolence that treats its subjects with dignity and playfulness.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile
January 16, 2010
This enchanting film in which director / writer Gianni Di Gregorio also stars, offers a simple but mesmerising slice of life in suburban Rome in summer, where his protagonist Gianni finds himself at the mercy of the whims of four elderly women for the mid
Cathleen Roundtree
Boxoffice Magazine
February 16, 2010
This may be a small gem of a film but it tackles a vast, too often ignored, subject. Mid-August Lunchportrays and embraces the theme of the inevitable-and natural-passage of time with grace, dignity and humor.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Alan Mack
Little White Lies
August 14, 2009
As single joke movies go, this droll, happy-go-lucky miniature from writer/director/actor Gianni Di Gregorio is easily one of the better ones.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
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