Vincere Reviews

August 23, 2018
A tragic, timeless tale about a spirited woman's stubborn devotion to a self-serving man.
January 13, 2018
It is good and worth seeing but not great.
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.
June 20, 2013
Bellocchio encapsulates the long-running mass hysteria of a nation enthralled by the demagogic antics of a now-seeming buffoon.
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.
November 17, 2011
March 2, 2011
The events occur not to tell a narrative, but to illustrate an emotional progress.
December 30, 2010
Carol Crivelli's soaring classical score heightens Bellochio's operatic tendencies.
October 28, 2010
A series of striking images that serve little purpose except to look striking.
August 26, 2010
In telling the story of one wronged woman, Bellocchio shows how an entire country was flattered and seduced, then betrayed.
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.
May 28, 2010
Movie starts off with a bang, but begins to lose interest as the main character (Ida Dalser) descends into mental illness.
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.
May 20, 2010
Vincere maintains its grip through sheer flair.
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.
May 20, 2010
Writer/director Bellocchio boldly orchestrates a whirl of archival newsreel footage, silent-movie clips and fictional re-enactments.
May 17, 2010
A full-blooded melodrama pitched at the level of grand opera.
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.
May 15, 2010
...an operatic sendup of the strongman as monument, a tongue-in-cheek indictment of absolute power that at times comes dangerously close to deification.
May 14, 2010
The screenplay is unkind to lead actor Giovanna Mezzogiorno, requiring her to replay the same obsessive behaviour in less-than-inspiring locales, and all the film's energy just fizzles out.