Teorema (Theorem) Reviews

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July 31, 2020
In a world where Pasolini's taboo shattering may now seem passé, it's still an unsettling venture which examines personal emptiness.
June 23, 2020
There are many ways to react towards Teorema, and barring the harassment of cast and crew, none are wrong.
April 25, 2020
How you feel about Teorema will be determined largely by how willing you are to apply heavy import and meaning to a vague, potentially silly premise.
February 29, 2020
Teorema was targeted by the Vatican, and that's hardly surprising -- in addition to its thematic content, the film features almost as many close-ups of Terence Stamp's crotch as Lawrence of Arabia contains scenes featuring sand.
January 29, 2020
Teorema is a great film with something of the mystic despair of Pierrot le Fou... and of the eternal search of 2001: A Space Odyssey.
January 23, 2020
Tedious, jejune, and silly.
July 18, 2018
A very extraordinary piece of work.
April 14, 2013
Arguably Pasolini's most finely wrought work, an allegory bringing together his central preoccupations with politics, sexuality, society, art and the irredeemable inauthenticity of bourgeois life.
April 12, 2013
The film, made in 1968, was provocative then and remains so now. But it doesn't elucidate its ambivalent moral secrets easily.
April 11, 2013
It is as if Pasolini has imagined how Italy's bland, complacent, stagnant governing class could be blown wide open: like putting a hundredweight of dynamite in the San Andreas fault.
April 9, 2013
Pasolini creates an ethereal mood - and Stamp, smiling ineffably,has never been better.
April 8, 2013
Whichever of the various interpretations you ascribe to this socio-political parody, the quality is undeniable.
October 23, 2007
A heavily symbolic and highly intellectual look at the bourgeois milieu and the effect that a mysterious visitor, Stamp, has on one specific family.
October 23, 2007
The narrative, almost silent in the first half, is unusually clear for a film by Pasolini. Performance by all members of the cast are praiseworthy, though Stamp dominates the first half and Betti, the second.
April 11, 2007
You'll either find it brilliant, or maddening. And neither response would be wrong.
February 13, 2006
Top Critic
February 9, 2006
What would be pretentious and strained in the hands of most directors, with Pasolini takes on an intense air of magical revelation.
October 6, 2005
Highly regarded in some quarters, Pier Paulo Pasolini's Teorema is basically a film about Terence Stamp's crotch.
October 4, 2005
earnest experiment, but it's simply too obtuse to be a success, and too undercooked (not to mention sloppily put together) to make much of an impact
June 30, 2005
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