Bread and Tulips


Generally favorable reviews - based on 21 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
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  1. It's an endearing romantic daydream, but misses the bus where matters of reality are concerned.
  2. Soldini's consistently understated touch, and a poignant turn by Licia Maglietta as the confused and bemused main character, turns Bread and Tulips into a character study worth studying.
  3. 75
    Manages the right balance of fairy tale and joyous self-discovery. And the Venice locations don't hurt.
  4. Reviewed by: Fred Camper
    The first half of the film, in which Maglietta gradually discovers herself as something other than a servant, is genuinely engaging.
  5. 88
    It may be that a relationship like the one here between Rosalba and Fernando is impossible in real life. All the more reason for this movie.
  6. Maglietta gives a magical performance in this lightweight but flavorsome comedy.
  7. Maglietta, whose soulful countenance and offhand grace are soothing to behold, and Ganz, who says more with a shrug and sigh than most poets do with a sonnet.
  8. Too lethargic and strung-out for its own good. Thankfully, it casts a pleasant, amusing and touching spell anyway, but more energy and a markedly shorter running time might have turned a sunny diversion into something more special.
  9. A charming little film, filled with eccentric characters and ingratiating performances.
  10. As escapist fantasies go, this easygoing romance is a modest winner.
  11. 75
    An utterly beguiling tale.
  12. Actresses such as Maglietta are why movies were invented: You never get tired of her mercurial personality or of her infinitely compelling face.
  13. A movie about serendipity and spontaneity.
  14. A sweet-spirited, extremely well-cast little comedy.
  15. Soldini's amiable new comedy suggests that an older, better Italy of imagination, rationality and civility survives on the fringes of a modern nation obsessed, like most others, with consumerism, empty prosperity and easy pleasure.
  16. Nicely done, sweet, delicately comic and a complete delight.

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