Tetro Reviews

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March 19, 2018
Watching Tetro, Coppola's first original screenplay in some 30 years, is like eavesdropping on someone's dream.
November 18, 2011
Coppola excels at what might be termed the cinema of inadequacy.
February 2, 2011
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.
July 6, 2010
Unabashedly theatrical and richly cinematic, even when it's falling apart...
June 26, 2010
The way ahead could be for Coppola père et fils to stay away from personal themes. Family isn't everything.
June 26, 2010
Frustrating and fitfully compelling, Tetro may not be a return to former glories, but this is Coppola through and through, an over-ambitious effort about thwarted ambition, full of ideas and passion, and smitten with cinema.
June 24, 2010
Though it's unlikely to announce his return to the grand stage of big-budget cinema, the movie is graced with touches of the old Coppola magic.
June 24, 2010
Tetro is a movie filled with splashes of brilliance rather than being a plain brilliant movie.
June 24, 2010
October 30, 2009
Tetro is, in many ways, a thematic and spiritual cousin to Rumble Fish, another tale of an innocent who idolizes his older brother and craves his affection more than he should.
September 17, 2009
What threatens to be a mere exercise in style proves to be as involving as it is inventive.
August 14, 2009
While Coppola seems revitalized by quoting from movies he studied at UCLA film school, what ultimately makes Tetro so compelling is the filmmaker's return to the motifs that made his 1970s films powerful.
August 14, 2009
What makes it eminently watchable is the craft. Cinematographer Mihai Malaimare Jr. films in luscious widescreen monochrome that looks almost wet. Osvaldo Golijov's score is another pleasure.
July 31, 2009
It is interesting. Better, it is quite possibly great.
July 10, 2009
Visually inventive, narratively edgy, and unlike anything else.
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 19, 2009
The movie is alive from beginning to end, and it's a pleasure to see at least one big-name director get out of the prison of his own reputation.
June 19, 2009
For beauty, vision and the palpable sense of a veteran filmmaker still reveling in possibility, it's something to see.
June 18, 2009
Coppola is still very much alive.
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