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Open City Reviews

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Virginia Graham
The Spectator
December 14, 2015
Written in desperate circumstances during the occupation and filmed soon after the liberation, it has all too skilfully trapped in the camera lens the atmosphere as well as a picture of those hideous times.
Oleg Ivanov
Slant Magazine
September 8, 2014
Roberto Rossellini's film owes part of its emotional power to its mixture of politico-religious symbolism and quotidian humor.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Matthew Thrift
Little White Lies
March 6, 2014
Roberto Rossellini's benchmark 1945 work of abrasive political realism presents a crumbling Rome that's been ravaged by war.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Steven Snyder
Greater Milwaukee Today
November 5, 2002
| Original Score: 5/5
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
October 31, 2014
Today it doesn't feel like a documentary at all. It's a street opera, caught on camera during wartime, a story performed by a mixed cast of amazing professionals and earnest non-professionals.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
June 9, 2006
Tthe lasting impact of Rossellini's work is incalculable.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Fernando F. Croce
April 8, 2012
A galvanic document of human and filmic regeneration
Robbie Collin
Daily Telegraph (UK)
March 6, 2014
[Rossellini's] towering melodrama set during the Nazi occupation of the Italian capital, in the grinding endgame of the Second World War.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Christopher Long
Movie Metropolis
January 17, 2010
(T)hese moments are so powerful that its easy to understand the effusive rhetoric the film has inspired.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Jim Schembri
Sydney Morning Herald
September 29, 2006
Sixty years on, it packs a punch.
Mark R. Leeper
March 8, 2005
| Original Score: 4/5
Cole Smithey
February 17, 2006
| Original Score: 5/5
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Variety Staff
July 6, 2010
This much of the film is standard hero and villain stuff. But what makes picture good is the story of other characters involved in the tragedy.
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Dave Calhoun
Time Out
January 26, 2006
Much is devastating -- but Rossellini found room, too, for the humour and warmth of everyday life.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
January 1, 2000
It is still a work of considerable merit.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena
August 5, 2003
Pedra fundamental do neo-realismo italiano, o filme traz atuações marcantes de Magnani e Fabrizi e ainda hoje (quase seis décadas desde sua realização) provoca forte impacto.
| Original Score: 5/5
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
November 19, 2004
| Original Score: 5/5
Sean Axmaker
January 27, 2010
Roberto Rossellini had been a journeyman director working within Mussolini's Italian film industry when he redefined his career and all but inaugurated the neo-realist movement...
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
July 20, 2002
Remains a film of electric drama and high emotion, as well as a major turning point in film history.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews
August 21, 2001
The rough cinéma vérité appearance achieved in Open City, with its natural lighting and uneven film stock, was more due to economic and pragmatic considerations
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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