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Vincere Reviews

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Martin Tsai
Critic's Notebook
October 7, 2015
While Dalser's story makes for a potent historical parable, at times it seems like little more than a garden-variety drama about an obsessive woman's scorn.
Andrew Sarris
Film Comment Magazine
June 20, 2013
Bellocchio encapsulates the long-running mass hysteria of a nation enthralled by the demagogic antics of a now-seeming buffoon.
Jason Best
Movie Talk
July 30, 2012
It's a real treat to see this provocative examination of the life of fascist dictator Benito Mussolini. As Dalser, Giovanna Mezzogiorno delivers a passionate, ho-holds-barred performance. Filippo Timi is equally good as the bullish, blustering Mussolini.
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
November 17, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jeffrey Chen
Window to the Movies
March 2, 2011
The events occur not to tell a narrative, but to illustrate an emotional progress.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
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Joshua Katzman
Chicago Reader
December 30, 2010
Carol Crivelli's soaring classical score heightens Bellochio's operatic tendencies.
Rob Thomas
Wisconsin State Journal
August 26, 2010
In telling the story of one wronged woman, Bellocchio shows how an entire country was flattered and seduced, then betrayed.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
James Plath
Movie Metropolis
July 22, 2010
An art-house version of a historical drama that takes plenty of risks--some of which are more successful than others. But you can't say enough about Giovanna Mezzogiorno's performance.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Louis Proyect
May 28, 2010
Movie starts off with a bang, but begins to lose interest as the main character (Ida Dalser) descends into mental illness.
Jonathan Kiefer
Sacramento News & Review
May 27, 2010
It's all a grand and flashy affair -- but also weirdly prone to the incoherence, redundancy and bullying dehumanization that characterized the political history it presumes to critique.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Derek Malcolm
London Evening Standard
May 20, 2010
Vincere maintains its grip through sheer flair.
| Original Score: 4/5
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
May 20, 2010
This skilfully made film tells a terrific story but is rather too densely packed to appeal to audiences unfamiliar with (or uninterested in) Italian history. Although it gives the wonderful Mezzogiorno yet another vivid role.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Tom Dawson
Total Film
May 20, 2010
Writer/director Bellocchio boldly orchestrates a whirl of archival newsreel footage, silent-movie clips and fictional re-enactments.
Allan Hunter
Daily Express (UK)
May 17, 2010
A full-blooded melodrama pitched at the level of grand opera.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
May 17, 2010
An audacious, wildly operatic exploration of Mussolini's rise to power from the perspective of the secret wife whom he all but erased from history.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
May 15, 2010 operatic sendup of the strongman as monument, a tongue-in-cheek indictment of absolute power that at times comes dangerously close to deification.
Full Review | Original Score: 88/100
David Edwards
Daily Mirror (UK)
May 14, 2010
Ravishingly beautiful, immersive and with terrific performances from the two leads, it's a real gem.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Tom Seymour
Little White Lies
May 13, 2010
Masterly directed. Powerful and tragic. Pure cinema.
| Original Score: 4/5
Ian Freer
Empire Magazine
May 13, 2010
An occasionally exhilarating retelling of a fascinating, little-known story. And how Mezzogiorno missed awards consideration is a mystery.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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David Jenkins
Time Out
May 13, 2010
An astute study of amour fou and a cautionary tale about how the worship of false idols can lead to personal and national collapse.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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