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The First Beautiful Thing (La prima cosa bella) Reviews

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Tom Keogh
Seattle Times
August 25, 2011
Virzi approaches mawkishness but he never crosses the line.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Brent Simon
July 14, 2011
A warm and welcome foreign film treat about learning to cope with the fact that one's parents are actually people too.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Stan Hall
July 7, 2011
The high-pitched emotions, gesticulations and occasional near-hysteria seem completely normal and genuine.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
James Verniere
Boston Herald
June 10, 2011
A lovely Italian throwback about a loner vocational school professor coming to terms with the death of his mother and the sources of his present-day unhappiness.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)
June 10, 2011
It's especially striking how effectively Ramazotti's and Sandrelli's performances as Anna blend together so smoothly. Together, they create a portrait of a woman who lacked all the necessary skills to be a parent, except to fiercely love her children.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
June 9, 2011
"The First Beautiful Thing'' is shameless, and, damn it, I cried anyway.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Natasha Senjanovic
Hollywood Reporter
April 20, 2011
Virzi has hit his stride in this polished but delicate comedy-drama.
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
April 20, 2011
It's filled with its own artfulness and warmth.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Diego Semerene
Slant Magazine
April 17, 2011
In films such as the Italian The First Beautiful Thing, the mother/whore dichotomy collapses in whimsical ways: The mother is the whore.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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April 15, 2011
Virsi sharpens the sentimentality of the emotional setup to a nicely serrated edge.
Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru
April 14, 2011
A tender, captivating and well-acted drama abundant in humor and heart.
Full Review | Original Score: 8.32321/10
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Neil Genzlinger
New York Times
April 14, 2011
Comedy and poignancy weave together in Mr. Virzý's hands, but the maudlin meter only occasionally goes into the red zone.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Michelle Orange
Village Voice
April 12, 2011
Virzý's delicate touch and the cast's uniformly captivating performances make that reckoning a lovely, charmingly melancholy thing to watch.
Simon Miraudo
March 7, 2011
Italians need not worry - when it comes to issues with their parents, the Greeks still hold the title for being the most messed up. I mean, did you hear about what happened to that Oedipus kid?
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Gerald Peary
Boston Phoenix
June 10, 2011
The film becomes wearisome due to Virzý's indulgent use of busy, overstated flashbacks.
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Jay Weissberg
April 20, 2011
Occasionally affecting but unremarkable.
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
April 15, 2011
It's sappy and predictable -- fun to watch, perhaps, but instantly forgettable.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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