Facing Windows


Mixed or average reviews - based on 25 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 25
  2. Negative: 2 out of 25

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  1. 60
    Blends history and mystery into an entertaining, if somewhat slight, romance.
  2. 60
    Far from a simple, feel-good story of self-discovery, Facing Windows delivers a challenging examination of loneliness and human interaction.
  3. Despite its surreal touches and an improbable story that piles on the metaphors, the movie, which has a rich, honey-dripping score by Andrea Guerra, maintains a tone of refined heart-tugging realism.
  4. There's something diverting but not wildly stirring about this Italian drama.
  5. 60
    Gets a little soapy, but the dismal working-class milieu and the measured performances by Mezzogiorno and Girotti (a venerable Italian actor who died last year ) bolster the sense of solidity.
  6. 50
    Probably best skipped - unless you have a penchant for shallow, "comfortable" foreign films that offer obvious messages and never attempt to challenge the viewer.
  7. 50
    Gets off to a worthy start, but falls apart about halfway through.
  8. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    Beautiful to look at and acted with full and tempestuous conviction, it still seems to be taking place in an apartment far across the way.
  9. Reviewed by: Deborah Young
    Only partially succeeds in interweaving questions of family loyalty with historical memory and the fate of Italian Jews in WW2.
  10. 40
    Structurally, it's ambitious, but emotionally the movie never quite connects, spending so much time laboring over its parallel storytelling and its cosmic connections that the characters remain at arm's length, as intangible as reflections in glass.
  11. This too-sentimental drama does feature a sterling performance by Giovanna Mezzogiorno as a love-struck housewife dissatisfied with her lot, thus providing the only watchable element of an otherwise disappointing movie.
  12. 40
    Girotti has no magical powers, but his dementia has a way of coming and going at just the right time to move the story and themes wherever director Ferzan Ozpetek and co-writer Gianni Romoli want them to go.
  13. Stuck somewhere between melodrama and the flat tone of an "issues"-oriented television miniseries.

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