Pinocchio Reviews

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January 12, 2021
Pinocchio's ultimate transformation from puppet to human boy lacks much of the transcendence inherent in the parable, and thus the film never moves beyond its wooden machinations.
December 31, 2020
Get our your handkerchiefs for this gorgeous, live-action take from Italy on the Disney animated classic, starring Oscar winner Roberto Benigni as Geppetto, the woodcutter who builds a puppet to replace the son he never had.
December 31, 2020
It has the makings of a stealth classic.
December 30, 2020
Fairy tales have always held the threat of darkness as punishment for misbehavior, and this "Pinocchio" is no exception.
December 28, 2020
Garrone's take is darker than Uncle Walt's, but like Disney, he imbues his take with a reliable sense of wonder. As a result, Pinocchio's path away from being a literal blockhead is delightful.
December 26, 2020
This new cinematic imagining of Carlo Collodi's classic fantasy tale is alternately enchanting and befuddling.
December 25, 2020
The visuals are inventive, though not as spectacularly scary as Disney's depiction of the fish as Monstro the whale.
December 25, 2020
... boasts picturesque landscapes but some curiously detached storytelling while attempting to capture the darker aspects of the familiar source material.
December 23, 2020
Those accustomed to the softness of previous takes might be overwhelmed by this picture, which is imaginatively made with amazing technical achievements, but not an endeavor that touches the heart.
December 23, 2020
Matteo Garrone's wonderfully bizarre and visually stunning take on the classic tale is a genuine movie treat.
December 22, 2020
The film itself remains stuck in a half-baked fantasyland, hopelessly awash in its own unpleasantness and with nothing new to bring to its well-worn table.
December 21, 2020
Matteo Garrone's adaptation of Carlo Collodi's story trembles with corporeal strangeness and unpredictability.
December 2, 2020
Crammed with fantastic creatures and characters, Pinocchio has here its most eccentric version in the hand of Rome-born director Matteo Garrone...
November 22, 2020
The emotional tug, despite Benigni's good work at the beginning and end, is never really there.
November 16, 2020
Garrone's version, though a touch on the lengthy side, is a handsome, inventive and extremely satisfying version of the famous story.
October 20, 2020
A fantasy film that respects children's intelligence. [Full Review in Spanish]
October 2, 2020
This is a strange decision given the film's decidedly non-cute look, which some might call grotesque, made worse by how the English voices have unnecessarily strong Italian accents.
September 17, 2020
The film manages to deliver an endearing retelling of a timeless classic.
September 14, 2020
This new version of the tale is much more faithful [to the original story... but the director's tenth film doesn't offer much more than a largely superb makeup job. [Full review in Spanish]
September 1, 2020
PINOCCHIO stands apart from previous adaptations, and most definitely from versions of the story familiar to English-language audiences. [In] doing so, it has an authentic 'fascino' that is unlikely to be bettered by a Hollywood-led live-action version.
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