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Respiro Reviews

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Matt Kelemen
Las Vegas CityLife
May 21, 2004
Crialese's stated purpose is to create a sense of magical realism, and even as he draws on an actual fable to do so, there's an incomplete feeling to the production.
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
January 14, 2004
It is sort of the opposite of 'Northern Exposure' where everyone is quirky, and loving it. Here, quirkiness is opposed strongly.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
November 23, 2003
Respiro begins as a portrait of a woman who refuses to abide by the conventions of the comunity and ends with a bit of inspired magical realism.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
October 29, 2003
Though the story is warmly humanistic it is too paper thin to mean much.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
October 9, 2003
We're slouched back with our heads resting on the tops of the seats, relaxing and letting our minds leap out of our heads to spend 95 minutes at play in Lampedusa.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 6, 2003
A mixture of great Italian cinema and fluffy silliness.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Steve Schneider
Orlando Weekly
September 26, 2003
An inviting performance by Golino and some outstanding underwater photography enliven director/writer Emanuele Crialese's adaptation of an Italian legend.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
September 26, 2003
A sad, slight film but with a sweet, smooth finish that makes you feel richer for having watched and absorbed and felt.
| Original Score: 4/5
Robert W. Butler
Kansas City Star
September 12, 2003
Whatever its shortcomings, Respiro provides [Valeria Golino] with a juicy leading role, and she takes full advantage of the opportunity.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
September 6, 2003
Golino's performance is effortlessly haunting; it's a shame she doesn't have more of a movie to hang it on.
| Original Score: 2/5
Sean P. Means
Salt Lake Tribune
September 5, 2003
If the Italian Neo-Realists had ever granted themselves enough romanticism (or found a little money) to shoot in color, they might have made Respiro.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
August 29, 2003
It's watchable because of Golino, whose performance is both a revelation and a saving grace.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
August 26, 2003
Like David Gordon Green's 'George Washington,' it examines the rituals of children and the oddities of families with fresh eyes.
| Original Score: 3/4
Harry Guerin
RTÉ (Ireland)
August 14, 2003
Will have you contemplating a trip to Lampedusa - and wishing Golino would get the parts she deserves.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
August 8, 2003
A small, sensual and unforgettable Italian drama that transports us to a place wonderfully exotic yet strangely familiar.
| Original Score: 4/4
Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle
July 27, 2003
You can almost feel the dull heat radiating off the screen -- it's a wonder cinematographer Fabio Zamarion's lenses didn't simply melt clean off -- and this thick and hazy brilliance infuses the story with all sorts of strange neo-realistic vibes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
July 19, 2003
A beautifully scenic but languid character study that could use a shot of adrenalin and a more straightforward story line.
| Original Score: 3/5
Kevin John Bozelka
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
July 8, 2003
After 90 minutes of policing female sexuality, the film is left with little to say on the matter.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Jason Anderson
July 8, 2003
A vital, startling film that is steeped in the noblest traditions of Italian cinema and whose sense of transcendence is accompanied by an equally powerful humanism.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Liz Braun
Jam! Movies
July 5, 2003
The film is sleepy and has a general air of mystery and unreality, which is fitting for a fable. All the performances are delightful.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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