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  • Summary: From one of the world's most acclaimed comic filmmakers comes an unexpected and unforgettable fable about the power of laughter to move the human heart and the power of the imagination to bolster the human spirit. (Miramax Films)
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 32
  2. Negative: 5 out of 32
  1. 100
    Benigni, with great help from young Cantarini, has crafted a work of such complexity that you may find both your brain and your heart simply overloaded. Which, of course, is the rarely achieved goal of all art.
  2. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    88
    To see someone even attempt bittersweet treatment of this subject is surprising, but to largely pull it off is a major feat.
  3. Reviewed by: Joshua Klein
    80
    The concept is not so much nihilistic as it is realistic, and the fact that Benigni has made such fine distinctions so powerfully clear is amazing and moving.
  4. Reviewed by: David Rooney
    70
    Sluggish, uneven and lacking in rhythm, it nonetheless has enough pathos and winning humor.
  5. Manages to incorporate all these things into a moving yet unsentimental story about the beauty of maintaining one's wits while stumbling blindly in the insane no man's land that lies beyond wit's end.
  6. Has good intentions, but its exaggerated celebration of quick-witted improvisation ultimately trivializes the human and historical horrors evoked by the story.
  7. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    0
    Benigni's movie made me want to throw up.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 46 out of 49
  2. Negative: 2 out of 49
  1. Mar 1, 2011
    10
    This was the sweetest, funniest and most human story that could have ever come out of the Holocaust. I am in no way the sub-title type andThis was the sweetest, funniest and most human story that could have ever come out of the Holocaust. I am in no way the sub-title type and yet it had no negative effect, it may have even been positive because I liked hearing the Italian language. Expand
  2. Apr 29, 2013
    10
    I had the pleasure of watching “Life is Beautiful” in my English class. A deeply moving blend of dismal hilarity. Crafted by Italy's topI had the pleasure of watching “Life is Beautiful” in my English class. A deeply moving blend of dismal hilarity. Crafted by Italy's top comedian and most popular filmmaker Roberto Benigni. Guido, a Jewish bookseller, who marries his dream girl and lives the fantasy life with a son Joshua, Although the movie was about the holocaust, that was surprisingly not the point at all. In-fact Roberto does very well at softening the impact of the holocaust.The first half of the film has nary a mention of Jews or war, we wouldn’t even suspect Guido as Jewish This movie was about sacrifice, hope and a loving passion. Benigni provides a most stunning example of precisely the sacrifice a parent is capable of making for their child in the gloomiest of hours. at the end Joshua narrates that this was his father's gift to him. in relation to a book called Maus by Art Spiegelman, tells a graphic novel story about his father and his sacrifices in the holocaust, on the flip side this is a son's gift to his father. the book parallels some of the same cinematic understanding of character relationship ratio. This is where character are placed strategically on screen. and simple dry humor. like the book Maus this movie also has a good balance of humor to dismal ideas. Life is beautiful is an inspiring movie that makes you wonder of all the things you have and shows you not to take it for granted the teachings and moral implications of this movie go beyond the Cliche story line and finds a way to deeply connect with viewers. Expand
  3. TYQBB
    May 10, 2006
    10
    One of the best films i ever watched! The acting is simply top class from Benigni. The cinematography is brillant. This film has also some One of the best films i ever watched! The acting is simply top class from Benigni. The cinematography is brillant. This film has also some really touching moments. Go watch it! Expand
  4. A.P
    Oct 18, 2008
    10
    This movie is one of the greatest movie i've ever seen. It really shows that love and imaginations can conquer everything. I believe all This movie is one of the greatest movie i've ever seen. It really shows that love and imaginations can conquer everything. I believe all the critics reviews have been very nonsense. THERES NO POINT IN THEIR REVIEWS...BASICALLY this movie shows one of the most precious things in life....LOVE. Expand
  5. AndrewT.
    Apr 26, 2006
    9
    This was an awsome movie i liked all those other critics dont kno crap.
  6. JohnS.
    Nov 15, 2007
    9
    This film has been accused of trivialising the holocaust, but what it does is showing what happened as the father tried to get the son to see This film has been accused of trivialising the holocaust, but what it does is showing what happened as the father tried to get the son to see it not how it actually was. Expand
  7. JD.
    Sep 1, 2009
    0
    Painfully horrible movie with an inappropriate story, terrbile bad humour an a hyper-irritating lead actor. The horror of the concentration Painfully horrible movie with an inappropriate story, terrbile bad humour an a hyper-irritating lead actor. The horror of the concentration camp is so much embellishid till it's completely unrealistic, probably only to receive a PG-13 rating. Really, really BAD. Expand

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