Generally favorable reviews - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. Paolo Virzi's film looks at school as the microcosm of society and at fathers too self-absorbed to be there for their daughters. He combines the themes played in "Mean Girls" and "Look at Me" and makes them vibrant.
  2. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    Despite outward appearances, Paolo Virzi's utterly charming fable is actually a razor-sharp political satire.
  3. 80
    Pitch-perfect performances and a light-handed but razor-sharp script keep this satire brisk and biting.
  4. Smart, sassy, compassionate and critical.
  5. A blend of gentle comedy and poignant drama.
  6. Though "Caterina" is unusually well-acted and crafted for this kind of movie--and both more than casually insightful and irreverent about modern Italian school life, teenage mores and politics--Giancarlo is the one character who makes the movie special.
  7. This dramatic comedy is an Italian style "Mean Girls" when Castellito isn't stealing the show as a dysfunctional dad.
  8. 75
    A fluffy and fun coming-of-age-in-Rome comedy, with a sparkling turn by its 16-year-old star, Alice Teghil.
  9. 70
    Teghil is a winning lead.
  10. Its rich, wide-angle view of Italian politics and society stays with you. The details may vary from nation to nation in the industrialized West, but the big picture is pretty much the same everywhere.
  11. 63
    The tug of war for Caterina's political soul is left open-ended, and her relationship with her difficult father is resolved with a plot twist that feels completely out of character. Caterina deserved better.
  12. Ultimately neither funny nor touching enough to make much of an impact, but it does offer many small, insightful moments along the way.
  13. 50
    As much as the director andco-writer, Paolo Virzi, might try, he can't bring any of these people into focus. The movie is shapeless, too.
  14. Checks in somewhere between a delight and a diversion.
  15. 40
    Director Paolo Virzi (who co-wrote the script with Francesco Bruni) errs badly by creating totems and types in lieu of characters.
  16. This dyspeptic 2003 coming-of-age story from Italy often seems on the verge of nervous collapse, veering from giddy adolescent romps to adult shenanigans and shrill political discord.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 8 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 5
  2. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. Jan 9, 2013
    A touching and funny movie, cast largely with young teenagers. I much preferred this film to "Mean Girls," which has some similar elements.A touching and funny movie, cast largely with young teenagers. I much preferred this film to "Mean Girls," which has some similar elements. If you don't mind subtitles check out this film. Full Review »
  2. GregS.
    Dec 29, 2005
    Other than Caterina, there wasn't one charachter in this movie that was likeable. By the end I was hoping they would all disappear.