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Open City Reviews

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Richard Brody
New Yorker
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.
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
February 19, 2015
A world cinema landmark, but that dusty, respectful word does not do justice to a film that has not lost its power to surprise and even shock.
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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
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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.
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Toronto Star
September 9, 2005
A classic of historic importance.
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Bosley Crowther
New York Times
May 20, 2003
The total effect of the picture is a sense of real experience, achieved as much by the performance as by the writing and direction.
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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
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Don Druker
Chicago Reader
January 1, 2000
Its realistic treatment of everyday Italian life heralded the postwar renaissance of the Italian cinema and the development of neorealism; the film astonished audiences around the world and remains a masterpiece.