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The Way We Laughed Reviews

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Film Threat
December 6, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Emanuel Levy
June 13, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
Saul Austerlitz
Film Threat
December 8, 2002
It's a damn impressive trick to build a film around narrative frustration and not cause your audience to run out screaming.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
August 15, 2002
To watch Gianni Amelio's luminous The Way We Laughed is to reconnect with Italian cinema in all its richness of emotion and command of expressive gesture.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Damon Smith
Boston Globe
June 14, 2002
A haunting, richly textured film that, like the Italian director's unforgettable Lamerica, dramatizes the plight of poverty on an epic scale.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Kim Morgan
May 24, 2002
An unusual, tremendously moving film that nicely assumes we can read between the pictures.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Lawrence Toppman
Charlotte Observer
May 10, 2002
Amelio ... understands the loneliness, suspicion and uncertainty that plague immigrants in a land where they can't get familiar work or speak a familiar tongue.
Ryan Cracknell
Apollo Guide
March 23, 2002
It's tragic, sad and deeply moving.
| Original Score: 71/100
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
March 21, 2002
... a masterpiece about filial love and the horrors of poverty.
| Original Score: 4/4
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Marta Barber
Miami Herald
February 8, 2002
This is the kind of European film you rarely see anymore, with characters and circumstances that are easily debatable. Two viewers may never reach the same conclusion about the film.
David Ehrenstein
New Times
February 7, 2002
Beautifully made and performed, this is a film of considerable insight into both the life of the impoverished and the mystery of human personality.
Maria Garcia
Film Journal International
December 9, 2001
The absorbing tale, in the rich dialect of Southern Italy (and not in standard Italian), is ... well-written and acted.
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Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
December 5, 2001
The making of this picture is so sure that hope for Amelio, for his future, is almost forced on us.
Bilge Ebiri
November 26, 2001
It's hard to argue with the stunning lead performances by Enrico Lo Verso and Francesco Giuffrida.
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Jonathan Foreman
New York Post
November 21, 2001
A longwinded, slow-starting but moving film.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
November 21, 2001
A movie that leaves you guessing.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
Ken Fox
TV Guide
November 20, 2001
Surprisingly accessible and always engaging, if ultimately tragic.
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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
November 20, 2001
Does the majority of its chilling work on Lo Verso's remarkable face.
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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
November 30, 2001
More frustrating than gripping thanks to the fractured, often confusing narrative and the director's pro-pensity for extremely long takes.
Jon Alon Walz
Boxoffice Magazine
November 22, 2001
All perspective on the characters and situations are dissolved, leaving the audience with little more than some lovely photography to enjoy.
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