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April 15, 2013
A chilling dose of filmic reality of how damaging and all consuming celebrity and some people's aspirations of it can be ...
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
April 14, 2013
signifies the moral bankruptcy and delirium of Silvio Berlusconi's government-as-game-show regime
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
April 5, 2013
The satire here is finespun, and the film's conclusions ambiguous.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
April 4, 2013
A dark allegorical comedy about the nature of fame, about obsession, about madness - and the point where they converge: on Big Brother, a TV show watched by millions.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 4, 2013
For all its ups and downs and occasional detours into boorishness, it's an original that will surprise if not necessarily delight fans of Garrone's very different crime drama, "Gomorrah."
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
March 28, 2013
Matteo Garrone follows his crime epic Gomorrah with a comedy about reality TV, and though it hardly rivals the earlier movie in its social complexity, it still offers the spectacle of a vibrant and vividly realized Neapolitan neighborhood.
March 28, 2013
As cautionary tales go, this one's ripely knowing, and it speaks in a lot more languages than Italian.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
March 27, 2013
Garrone has a feeling for sweep and color, and he makes Luciano a pathetic victim of the unrealities with which TV can beset us.
March 27, 2013
It's a step down from his previous work as it's less ambitious and doesn't quite come together but it features enough interesting ideas about our fame-obsessed culture to see why it connected with the French fest jury.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.0/5.0
March 25, 2013
The opening shot guides us into the absurd merriment of a wedding party, while the ending is lit with a mystifying sense of wonder.
March 24, 2013
It's a sad story, told at too great a length, but its final image is devastating.
March 22, 2013
That may not be a new thesis but Garrone portrays it beautifully -- from the first God-like view from a helicopter to the film's denouement.
Full Review | Original Score: 8.1/10
March 22, 2013
Garrone doesn't make the mistake of turning his protagonist, Luciano (Aniello Arena), into a bland Everyman. He never loses his singularity.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
March 22, 2013
Garrone's critique of Italy's current cultural vapidity is too indulgently affectionate and lacks both originality and bite.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
March 22, 2013
A handsomely crafted film but one that already feels dated.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
March 22, 2013
The film falls on its own sword by creating a dish that is more than a little overcooked, though even a cursory glance at Italian television might suggest that it is virtually impossible to exaggerate anything.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
March 21, 2013
[An] astute, dreamlike gut-punch ...
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
March 21, 2013
This satire of the media's seductive power in Italian culture was the most eagerly awaited event in Cannes Film Fest, due to the fact that it's a follow up to Garrone's stunning debut, Gomorrah.
Full Review | Original Score: B
March 21, 2013
The story lollops along, as old-fashioned as Neo-realism, as "targeted" in its satire as a mutt questing for a lost bone.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
March 21, 2013
It wants celebrity culture to be understood as the new religion: a worshipping of false idols.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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