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.
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.
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.
June 30, 2005
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.
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.
October 14, 2004
January 6, 2004
A magical lyrical work about the improbable.
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