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Mio Fratello Figlio Unico (My Brother Is an Only Child) Reviews

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Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
April 28, 2011
Actors Germano and Scamarcio turn in magnificent, multilayered acting jobs.
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
October 18, 2008
The film, which argues that blood brotherhood is stronger than political brotherhoods, vibrates with their youthful energy and ardor.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
October 18, 2008
Daniele Luchetti's fluent, heartfelt Italian picture is the story of two brothers born after the war, who come of age in the 1960s and drift apart in the paranoid, violent, sour political atmosphere of Italy in the 70s.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jonathan Kiefer
Sacramento News & Review
August 7, 2008
A merry swirl of vital, passionate performances.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Paul Byrnes
Sydney Morning Herald
June 20, 2008
It's an engrossing political love story, with a strong sense of the shadings within the daily lives of these characters.
Jake Wilson
The Age (Australia)
June 20, 2008
Fast-paced, well-acted and acute about sibling rivalry, the film nonetheless fails to leave a strong impression.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Margaret Pomeranz
At the Movies (Australia)
June 13, 2008
This is such a lovely film from writer/director Daniele Luchetti, nostalgic perhaps, but with that indefinable Italian whimsy that takes serious political themes and undermines them beautifully.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Urban Cinefile
June 12, 2008
The performances are astonishing, perhaps enabled by the flawless script.
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
June 12, 2008
Despite the awards pedigree, the drama is a bit of a slog at times, with Accio taking seemingly ages to come of age, but nobody said growing up was easy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)
June 11, 2008
"Only Child" is both funny and heartbreaking, and incredibly adept at shifting between lighter and darker tones.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Beth Accomando
KPBS.org
June 8, 2008
Although familiarity with Italian politics helps in appreciating this film, anyone can enjoy this energetic tale of a house divided.
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Philip Marchand
Toronto Star
June 6, 2008
The linkage in this movie between politics and family dynamics is a point well taken, but the movie -- whose sense of frenetic activity going nowhere is captured by Luchetti's buoyant camera -- does go on and on before anyone learns anything.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Liz Braun
Jam! Movies
June 6, 2008
The best thing about the movie are the performances, all of which are outstanding; in particular, Angela Finocchiaro, who plays the long-suffering mother, is superb.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
June 6, 2008
Sometimes, under a torrent of social pressures, water runs faster, if not thicker, than blood, and even the strongest bonds drown in the flood.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
May 22, 2008
The film's early affability eventually wears out, and a sharp turn into deadly seriousness feels out of place.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
May 16, 2008
My Brother Is an Only Child is a buoyant, handsomely crafted film.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
Josh Rosenblatt
Austin Chronicle
May 16, 2008
A coming-of-age story about a young man who - like the era he was born into - has no idea how to come of age, except by violent fits and starts, in all directions, to varying ends, and ready to change course whenever the mood strikes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
May 15, 2008
You don't need a degree in political science to love this film...The film entertainingly demonstrates that the bonds of blood are stronger than those of ideology.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
May 9, 2008
That it clicks is largely due to the daredevil chemistry of the actors playing the brothers, who can be a handful whenever they're together.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
Sean Axmaker
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
May 8, 2008
In this lively drama of rebellion and revolution, emotion is even more inflammatory than politics.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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