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Open City Reviews

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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.
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
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
January 2, 2018
The neo-realist film's genius lies in a slow undertow, inexorably dragging the audience from laughter to tears.
November 5, 2002
| Original Score: 5/5
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
June 9, 2006
Tthe lasting impact of Rossellini's work is incalculable.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
April 8, 2012
A galvanic document of human and filmic regeneration
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
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
September 29, 2006
Sixty years on, it packs a punch.
October 26, 2016
Handheld cameras tremble with the urgency of open wounds and violent emotion in Roberto Rossellini's 1945 drama of the Italian resistance to the capital's occupation by Nazi Germany.
March 8, 2005
| Original Score: 4/5
February 17, 2006
| Original Score: 5/5
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.
January 26, 2006
Much is devastating -- but Rossellini found room, too, for the humour and warmth of everyday life.
January 1, 2000
It is still a work of considerable merit.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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
November 19, 2004
| Original Score: 5/5
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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