January 4, 2018
Tetro means "gloomy" in Italian, and sitting through this film is depressing indeed.
August 23, 2017
The movie is befuddling, but not because of plot convolutions. It keeps you at a distance when it seems singly concerned with the particular plight of the "art family."
July 6, 2010
There is not enough dramatic tension to sustain the film for two hours and conjectures about the Coppola family saga are really extraneous to the experience of Tetro.
June 28, 2010
Coppola's fascination with family ties and guilty secrets is at the heart of a grandiose but half-baked saga that doffs its cap to the florid theatricality of Powell and Pressburger and Sixties Italian classics such as La Dolce Vita.
June 26, 2010
The way ahead could be for Coppola père et fils to stay away from personal themes. Family isn't everything.
June 24, 2010
Coppola is a shadow of the director he used to be. The use of black-and-white here only shows that more starkly.
September 10, 2009
Francis Ford Coppola has never been the most subtle or unpretentious of filmmakers. But if anything, he's gotten even more self-indulgent and stuffy ever since he set his sights and cameras on Europe and South America.
August 6, 2009
Old-fashioned melodramatic claptrap, served up in ridiculously overblown style...another deeply embarrassing misfire from a man once considered a major American filmmaker.
July 3, 2009
There's still much to admire in the visual craft and offbeat cultural sampling Coppola heroically brings to a homogenized cinema, but Tetro rides off the rails.
June 19, 2009
Coppola has made some of the greatest films ever made in traditional narrative mode, but whenever he goes into his indie-outsider dance, he stumbles badly.
June 18, 2009
Even the most deftly executed scenes are smothered in the Oedipal weight of past betrayals while they struggle to support the operatic melodrama that unfolds.
June 18, 2009
Tetro has no internal tension and should have been a comedy.
June 15, 2009
It is long and slow and, most importantly, lacking in dramatic tension.
June 12, 2009
The movie plays not like an old man's film but like a promising, frustrating student effort.