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Teorema (Theorem) Reviews

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Philip French
Observer (UK)
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.
Derek Malcolm
London Evening Standard
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Peter Bradshaw
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Philip Kemp
Total Film
April 9, 2013
Pasolini creates an ethereal mood - and Stamp, smiling ineffably,has never been better.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
David Parkinson
Empire Magazine
April 8, 2013
Whichever of the various interpretations you ascribe to this socio-political parody, the quality is undeniable.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5

TV Guide
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Variety Staff
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.
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
April 11, 2007
You'll either find it brilliant, or maddening. And neither response would be wrong.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Time Out
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.
Dan Callahan
Slant Magazine
October 6, 2005
Highly regarded in some quarters, Pier Paulo Pasolini's Teorema is basically a film about Terence Stamp's crotch.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Christopher Null
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
| Original Score: 2.5/5
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Vincent Canby
New York Times
May 9, 2005
The movie itself is the message, a series of cool, beautiful, often enigmatic scenes that flow one into another with the rhythm of blank verse.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 23, 2004
I don't feel ready to write about this mysterious film; perhaps, a week from now, I'll decide it is very bad, a failure. But perhaps it is the most brilliant work yet by that strange director, Pier Paolo Pasolini.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
January 6, 2004
A magical lyrical work about the improbable.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Jon Fortgang
May 24, 2003
A fascinating, infuriating, cryptic allegory featuring a performance from Terence Stamp as memorable as his brilliant blue stare.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
January 1, 2000
Apart from his final feature, Salo, this is probably Pier Paolo Pasolini's most controversial film, and to my mind one of his very best.
Cole Smithey
February 13, 2006
| Original Score: 4/5
Emanuel Levy
June 30, 2005
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
Matt Bailey
Not Coming to a Theater Near You
October 14, 2004
| Original Score: 3/5
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