Tetro

2009

Tetro

Critics Consensus

A complex meditation on family dynamics, Tetro's arresting visuals and emotional core compensate for its uneven narrative.

70%

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Total Count: 106

69%

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On the heels of the self-financed, modestly budgeted 2007 drama Youth Without Youth -- his first directorial outing after a ten-year hiatus -- filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola remains situated in the director's chair for this semi-autobiographical family drama concerning an artistic family of immigrants whose fierce rivalries span several generations. Vincent Gallo stars with newcomer Alden Ehrenreich, with Carmen Maura, Maribel Verdú, and Alden Ehrenreich rounding out the cast. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

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  • Oct 25, 2014
    How incredibly frustrating it is to see a movie so compelling, wonderfully directed, technically exemplary and with a gorgeous cinematography go into self-destruction mode in the last thirty minutes, when it gives in to predictable revelations and silly situations worthy of a lame soap opera.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer
  • Aug 12, 2012
    Tetro is a tragedy disguised as a smaller intimate drama. It's Francis Ford Coppola's first original screenplay since The Conversation in 1974. It's slow but complex. It's about family, guilt, secrets and fame. It's done in a very artistic way and it's refreshing, because you can tell that Coppola isn't trying to please everyone, it's not a product of Hollywood, it's a film from an artist.
    Hugo S Super Reviewer
  • Mar 10, 2012
    Mihai Malaimare's immaculate black-and-white photography gives "Tetro" all of its wondrous beauty. The film is so steeped in stunning and haunting images that they act almost as a supporting character to the ongoing action. Notable performances from Vincent Gallo and Maribel Verdu are also worth mentioning, but the real surprise is Alden Ehrenreich, who does a great job in what can be seen as his breakout role. Where "Tetro" loses traction is in its latter half, when the story begins to unravel, narrative twists occur and we end caring less and less about what happens. But this film is still is a noteworthy effort from cinematic legend Francis Ford Coppola. It's his best offering since "Apocalypse Now."
    Stephen E Super Reviewer
  • Nov 01, 2011
    Carlo: What has happened to our family?  Bennie: Rivalry.  "Every family has a past." Tetro is a beautifully shot and acted film. It is filmed in black and white against, with Argentina as a setting. The career of Francis Ford Coppola is filled with masterpieces and a couple disasters, most notably Jack. Tetro is in-between. It is incredibly well made, but comes off as a little overly artsy at times. I enjoyed it, but I can see it being a little off-putting.  The story concerns two brothers. Bennie is the youngest, and is sensitive and emotional. The other is Tetro, who is the oldest and seems mean spirited in the beginning, but as we learn the back story it makes more and more sense. The two brothers haven't seen each other in a decade, when Bennie shows up at Tetro's apartment. Tetro had left for a writing sabbatical, leaving a note for Bennie, saying he would come back and get him. That never happened and Bennie is hurt by it. He just wants to be close to his brother, but Tetro left the family a long time ago. They strike up some sort of relationship as we slowly piece together the family's story. It all leads to a plot, I don't want to say twist, but sharp right turn would work. Everything about the movie is beautiful. The scenery, the cinematography, the performances from Vincent Gallo, Alden Ehenreich, and Maribel Verdú, and of course Coppola's signature touch. The only real problem I have with the movie is there's about a twenty to thirty minute period in the middle that just dragged. But the beginning and ending are great. What you need to know about the movie is that it is extremely slow and relies much more on character, over plot. It could easily come off as boring, but it is always marvelous to look at. Plus Vincent Gallo always keeps the viewer interested.
    Melvin W Super Reviewer

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