Cinema Paradiso

Metascore
80

Generally favorable reviews - based on 20 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 20
  2. Negative: 0 out of 20

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Critic Reviews

  1. Reviewed by: Jessica Mellor
    Dec 9, 2013
    100
    A 25th anniversary restoration of Giuseppe Tornatore’s ode to moving pictures and puppy love.
  2. Reviewed by: Patrick Peters
    Dec 9, 2013
    100
    Every bit as enchanting as you remember. Molto, molto bene.
  3. Time
    Reviewed by: Richard Schickel
    100
    Remain open to fantasies but not be consumed by them. These are good lessons for a would-be director. They are good lessons for everybody. And no recent movie has taught them with more patient sweetness. [Feb. 5, 1990]
  4. Cinema Paradiso converts you to the credo that art can indeed be holy.
  5. San Francisco Chronicle
    Reviewed by: Mick LaSalle
    100
    You leave Cinema Paradiso with that feeling that's kind of like getting kicked in the stomach, but nice. It's one of those breathless, swept-away-by-a-movie experiences that you might have once a year, if you're lucky. [16 February 1990, Daily Notebook, p.E-1]
  6. Mr. Showbiz
    Reviewed by: David Mermelstein
    100
    Unapologetically sentimental, this movie is certain to melt all but the hardest of hearts.
  7. Los Angeles Times
    Reviewed by: Michael Wilmington
    100
    It's a shining valentine to the movies--full of homages, collages and swooningly romantic Ennio Morricone music--and it gets right at the messy, impure, wondrous way they capture and enrapture us. [16 February 1990, Calendar, p.F-1]
  8. 100
    This film is sometimes funny, sometimes joyful, and sometimes poignant, but it's always warm, wonderful, and satisfying. Cinema Paradiso affects us on many levels, but its strongest connection is with our memories.
  9. 90
    There are films as lovely, but none lovelier.
  10. 88
    Anyone who loves movies is likely to love Cinema Paradiso.
  11. Reviewed by: Peter Bradshaw
    Dec 12, 2013
    80
    If ever a movie came from the heart, it was Giuseppe Tornatore's nostalgic Cinema Paradiso (1988) now getting a rerelease to celebrate its silver jubilee.
  12. Reviewed by: Tim Robey
    Dec 12, 2013
    80
    Tornatore may have hit a sticky wicket with his subsequent work, but he knew what he was doing here: warning us about the irrational lure of the filmed past, which is to say cinema itself, then ushering us grandly to our seats.
  13. Just about everything you ever loved (or hated) about Italian films can be found.
  14. USA Today
    Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    75
    Lovely “memory'' film. [2 March 1990, Life, p.4D]
  15. Film.com
    Reviewed by: John Hartl
    70
    A sweet, funny exercise in nostalgia, though it's also self-congratulatory and awfully calculating.
  16. 70
    Tornatore is an able storyteller who knows the value of cute kids and easy emotion.
  17. The New Republic
    Reviewed by: Stanley Kauffmann
    70
    Tornatore has learned much from Fellini--especially in the long shots where someone suddenly appears close up. Let's hope he moves on to his own style. Meanwhile, he has given us a nice bask in Sicilian warmth. [Feb. 19, 1990]
  18. Originally a two-part film running about three hours, this treacle has been reduced by almost a third, though it still seems to run on forever -- a bit like life but much less interesting.
  19. They don't make movies like they used to, and this Oscar-winning Italian-French co-production spends the better part of three hours proving it.
  20. Chicago Tribune
    Reviewed by: Dave Kehr
    50
    A few moments of sly inspiration are not enough to carry an entire feature; along with the tears, it leaves behind an aftertaste of phoniness. [16 March 1990, Friday, p.H]
User Score
9.0

Universal acclaim- based on 106 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 25
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 25
  3. Negative: 0 out of 25
  1. Apr 5, 2012
    10
    A beautiful movie! That is the word: Beautiful. Great storyline, performances, photography! WOW! At times, however, the pace is slow, but evenA beautiful movie! That is the word: Beautiful. Great storyline, performances, photography! WOW! At times, however, the pace is slow, but even then it makes sense! Just perfect! Ennio Morricone's music deserves special mention!. Cinema Paradiso is classic! One of my top 10 favourite movies!...and I have it here at home in my collection! A MASTERPIECE...back then, and now! yes, it certainly is and will always be! Full Review »
  2. Apr 19, 2013
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click full review link to view. As long as the movie was, it was amazing such a classic movie that I believe many might like. All thow it was in a faren language not my favorite it was amazing and a tell you all to watch it. Full Review »
  3. Aug 23, 2010
    8
    Man hears of the death of a projectionist at a local cinema who he grew up with, has flashbacks, returns to the village after 30 years.
    Really
    Man hears of the death of a projectionist at a local cinema who he grew up with, has flashbacks, returns to the village after 30 years.
    Really sweet Italian film with the beautiful setting of Sicily as the backdrop. Genuinely funny dialogue throughout but I have to say I enjoyed the first half with the young Toto more than the second but nevertheless, still very enjoyable. Ennio Morricone does the score so superb as to be expected.
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