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

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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
Tricia Olszewski
Let's Not Listen
April 10, 2008
The film's biggest failure isn't Accio's constant contentiousness, nor the story's dense political center. Rather, it's the script's tendency to wander.
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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
Kent Turner
March 28, 2008
If the political backdrop is not alienating, Accio's actions might be. As he swings from one side of the pendulum to the other, he remains at arm's length
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Michael Atkinson
Chicago Reader
April 25, 2008
The rough-and-tumble tone is bitterly entertaining but in the end doesn't contribute to a convincing historical portrait, and a pileup of half-baked resolutions spoils the buzz.
Chris Cabin
March 28, 2008
works best as an Italian dramedy with its history used as window dressing and any original thought kept happily to itself.
| Original Score: 3/5
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
Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine
March 23, 2008
My Brother Is an Only Child moves so playfully and briskly you may not notice its glibness, which may have been director Daniele Luchetti's intent.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Coco Forsythe
Future Movies UK
April 20, 2007
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
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
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
April 28, 2011
Actors Germano and Scamarcio turn in magnificent, multilayered acting jobs.
James Rocchi
May 23, 2007
A handsomely-made, brightly charming pleasure.
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
May 23, 2007
A fine and engaging study of two personalities, seemingly in sharp contrast, that prove awfully alike in the end.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
May 16, 2008
My Brother Is an Only Child is a buoyant, handsomely crafted film.
| Original Score: 3/4
Anton Bitel
March 27, 2008
My Brother Is An Only Child reminisces with improbable yet affecting fondness over the adolescents behind the -isms that would shape post-war Italy.
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
Beth Accomando
June 8, 2008
Although familiarity with Italian politics helps in appreciating this film, anyone can enjoy this energetic tale of a house divided.
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
April 17, 2008
Tells a familiar story in a familiar way with conviction and no small amount of talent on both sides of the camera, though it's hardly essential.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
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Nick Pinkerton
Village Voice
March 25, 2008
[Actor] Elio Germano vitalizes the film: He's hyper-reactive, flickering between brash, bashful, playful, and awkward -- offering a Swiss Army knife performance that's diverse and yet totally unified.
Ross Bennett
Empire Magazine
April 6, 2008
Thanks to the captivating performances, this is well worth checking out.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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