Vincere Reviews

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January 13, 2018
It is good and worth seeing but not great.
November 17, 2011
December 30, 2010
Carol Crivelli's soaring classical score heightens Bellochio's operatic tendencies.
May 20, 2010
Vincere maintains its grip through sheer flair.
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.
May 13, 2010
Masterly directed. Powerful and tragic. Pure cinema.
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.
May 11, 2010
Bellocchio has turned the story of Mussolini's discarded wife and son into a movie that has some of the bully swagger and excess of Il Duce himself.
April 15, 2010
The untold story of how fascist strongman Benito Mussolini rose to power by trampling on the woman who loved him is a bracingly cinematic lesson in how all politics is personal.
April 6, 2010
There's visual poetry here and haunted performances from Mezzogiorno and Timi -- who plays two roles, and is especially gripping as Dalser 1/2 1/2s grown son.
April 2, 2010
A passionate, bold look at power, paranoia and betrayal in a little-known corner of history, Vincere is steamy, sad and so Italian it feels like an opera.
April 2, 2010
Bellocchio tells the film's historical story in an electrifying fashion, mixing in newsreel footage, on-screen slogans and Futurist art, a bit of thunder and lightning and Carlo Crivelli's boom-boom score.
April 2, 2010
It's grand, heartbreaking material, made even more riveting by the fact that it is very likely true.
April 1, 2010
Giovanna Mezzogiorno plays Ida, and if you know Mezzogiorno you know instantly why this film is worth seeing.
April 1, 2010
The brave and unflinching performance of Giovanna Mezzogiorno is the foundation upon which the bedrock of Vincere rests. She's the heart and soul of the film.
April 1, 2010
Bellocchio's talent for expressive visuals is everywhere in evidence. It's the script that needs more balance.
April 1, 2010
With wild collages of newsreel footage, swirling newspaper headlines, text, and music, Bellocchio fashions a melodrama of epic proportions.
April 1, 2010
Bellocchio's priorities are electrically clear. Sensation, sensation, sensation. The effect is a rare kind of moviegoing chaos. Are we to laugh, cry, scratch our temples, or grab our dates? In the spirit of the movie, do them all at once.
April 1, 2010
The film is beautifully well-mounted. The locations, the sets, the costumes, everything conspire to re-create the Rome of that time. It provides a counterpoint to the usual caricature of Mussolini.
March 31, 2010
Mezzogiorno plays Dalser with the kind of fervent intensity once seen in silent films...
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