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8.8

Universal acclaim- based on 143 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 4 out of 143

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  1. Sep 30, 2014
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    Terrible! It starts well but overall it is a real disappointment! It is a cheesy film, with not real artistic value whatsoever. It appeals to romanticism and sentimentality to gain the attention of the masses. The plot is weak and unrealistic. This is definitely one of the worst European movies I have seen!
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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. Benigni sets out to do the impossible.
  2. Benigni effectively creates a situation in which comedy is courage. And he draws from this an unpretentious, enormously likable film that plays with history both seriously and mischievously. Piety has no place here, nor do tears until the final reel. Life is Beautiful plays by its own rules
  3. The indifference of the proceedings and the hero's slapstick behavior to the everyday realities of the camps borders on the nauseating.