Metascore
59

Mixed or average reviews - based on 32 Critics

Critic 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. A deeply moving blend of cold terror and rapturous hilarity. Lovingly crafted by Italy's top comedian and most popular filmmaker, it's that rare comedy that takes on a daring and ambitious subject and proves worthy of it.
  3. 100
    One of the greatest films about the civilian experience of war ever made anywhere.
  4. Its unique message about laughing in the face of evil clearly reveals that life is beautiful.
  5. 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.
  6. A rare blend of comedy and tenderness whose point is not the horrors of war but the lengths a parent will go to protect his child's innocence.
  7. 88
    Finds the right notes to negotiate its delicate subject matter.
User Score
8.4

Universal acclaim- based on 153 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 45 out of 48
  2. Negative: 2 out of 48
  1. Aug 8, 2012
    7
    If you watched the beginning of this movie without knowing what the movie was about, you would think that this was a happy movie about a manIf you watched the beginning of this movie without knowing what the movie was about, you would think that this was a happy movie about a man who falls in love and raises a family. Well, that is what happens. And it is a happy story, until the main character and his son are taken to a concentration camp. Once there the main characters happy fairy tale is over, and he is separated from his princess. But among the gloomy concentration camp where nothing is right, the main character tries to do what any father would do when everything is wrong. Make the situation seem better than what it really is. This is a movie worth seeing. Full Review »
  2. Mar 21, 2011
    8
    Roberto Benigni brought to the screen a most poignant and comedical film! He flipped around the devastation of the Holocaust and turned intoRoberto Benigni brought to the screen a most poignant and comedical film! He flipped around the devastation of the Holocaust and turned into a simple game most craftly. I love this movie and think everyone of all ages should watch this wonder of cinematic creation. Full Review »
  3. 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. Full Review »