Sicilian Ghost Story Reviews

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August 12, 2019
Fact-based tale about Mafia kidnapping; violence, language.
February 11, 2019
Meandering, yes, but a deeply intriguing and interesting take on the demise of youth, the hope of love and power of poetry.
January 17, 2019
This ghost story makes no attempt to scare us with cheap shocks.
January 3, 2019
It is the fairy-tale mood that makes this movie special.
December 13, 2018
Although the story can feel chilly and oblique, it gets under your skin.
November 30, 2018
It is by far the best trip the recent cinema has taken 'into the woods.'
November 30, 2018
Poetic, spooky and riveting.
Top Critic
November 29, 2018
[An] intensely atmospheric melodrama...
November 29, 2018
A divine blend of natural and supernatural, fantasy and actuality, "Sicilian Ghost Story" reflects the horrors of a Mafia kidnapping through the prism of first love.
November 27, 2018
Beautifully haunting.
November 24, 2018
...rooted in the horrific real-life mafia abduction of Giuseppe Di Matteo, but Grassadonia & Piazza shift their focus to the other Giuseppe - the one lodged in Luna's mind and heart - and let her imagination guide the story to magical realist realms.
November 21, 2018
Sicilian Ghost Story is determinedly unclassifiable, blurring genres with a fervor that grows tedious.
September 6, 2018
Sicilian Ghost Story is a melancholy poem to the part of us we can't allow to be wrung out by the complacency and compliance of adulthood.
August 31, 2018
It's an array of surprises and character introspections that take their time to manifest completely, but prove an inspired way for the directors to go about their business.
August 14, 2018
While Sicilian Ghost Story doesn't entirely fulfil its promise as a richly themed gothic romance, the visual craft on display throughout is more than enough to recommend.
August 9, 2018
A tender, vividly fantastical thriller based on the Sicilian mafia's real-life kidnapping of a 13-year-old boy in 1993.
August 6, 2018
The film's shadowy, ambiguous trips into fantasy are spellbinding but also sentimental, and the fact (given in a caption) that the story was inspired by a real kidnapping makes that sentimentality hard to accept.
August 6, 2018
Piazza and Grassadonia handle their ghostly story sensitively, and with consummate skill.
August 6, 2018
Told in half-light, with the symbolism of forests and animals and Luna's apple-proffering scary mother, the story-telling is not straightforward, it requires audience submission, but the pay-off is great.
August 6, 2018
The film-makers deftly husband moods and tones. Everything still hinges on the excellent performances of Fernandez and Jedlikowska. The teenagers, who had never acted before, acquit themselves with plenty of verve.
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