Miramax Films | Release Date: March 1, 1990 CRITIC SCORE DISTRIBUTION
80
METASCORE
Generally favorable reviews based on 20 Critics
Positive:
17
Mixed:
3
Negative:
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70
A sweet, funny exercise in nostalgia, though it's also self-congratulatory and awfully calculating.
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]
100
Mr. ShowbizDavid Mermelstein
Unapologetically sentimental, this movie is certain to melt all but the hardest of hearts.
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]
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]
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]
75
Lovely “memory'' film. [2 March 1990, Life, p.4D]