Metascore
68

Generally favorable reviews - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 15
  2. Negative: 1 out of 15
  1. This is a film precisely constructed, brilliantly imagined.
  2. 90
    Writer-director Gianni Amelio masterfully chronicles the ways two people can betray each other, and especially themselves, in the name of love.
  3. The sweeping, confounding conclusion therefore unfolds with a beauty and an ease that seem truly organic. The Way We Laughed has that feeling of being a work of art.
  4. 88
    If you like guessing games, don't miss it.
  5. Reviewed by: Damon Smith
    88
    A film of great ingenuity and imagination, full of suggestive power, and it deserves to be seen.
  6. Shows the fate of Sicilians who moved to the Italian industrial city of Turin 40-plus years ago, and it suggests that the experience of relocation is universal.
  7. Beautifully made and performed, this is a film of considerable insight into both the life of the impoverished and the mystery of human personality.
  8. Longwinded, slow-starting but moving film.
  9. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    70
    The film, beautifully shot in widescreen by Luca Bigazzi, is surprisingly accessible and always engaging, if ultimately tragic.
  10. The movie is powerfully acted. Mr. Lo Verso's passionate, fiery-eyed Giovanni is an incandescent star turn by an actor with world class charisma.
  11. Reviewed by: Saul Austerlitz
    60
    It's a damn impressive trick to build a film around narrative frustration and not cause your audience to run out screaming.
  12. Wears its art, as well as its heart, on its sleeve -- so much so that I feel guilty for not liking it more.
  13. Exploring a specific generational moment in mid-century Italy's social weft, Amelio's family saga might be his grimmest film, if only for the tragic exploitation of fraternity.
  14. Reviewed by: David Rooney
    40
    Problematically structured, overly protracted and lacking in narrative fluidity.
  15. A ponderously slow experience.

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