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  • Summary: Malena (Bellacci), a beautiful young war widow, inspires the sensual awakenings of a group of adolescent boys in 1941 Sicily.
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  1. Positive: 13 out of 22
  2. Negative: 3 out of 22
  1. Qualifies as director Giuseppe Tornatore's second full-fledged masterpiece. His first: "Cinema Paradiso."
  2. Gives audiences something more than just a heart-stopping beauty to contemplate.
  3. 70
    A nostalgic coming-of-age sex comedy tastefully lecherous enough to indicate that its intended demographic is several decades past puberty.
  4. No period of Italian history has produced more great movies than the WWII years . But, Malena romanticizes and even sentimentalizes those years.
  5. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    50
    There's definitely some paradiso in watching Malena walking, but not enough to sustain almost two hours of cinema.
  6. 50
    There is noting quite so awkward as a film that is one thing while it pretends to be another.
  7. 10
    In the end, Malena is an unlikable and foul farce, unworthy of Tornatore's previously gentle touch.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
  1. R.L.
    Jan 5, 2009
    10
    A truly extraordinary film! I loved every minute of it.
  2. AlfredoM.
    May 7, 2001
    10
    Great!!
  3. sathyav.
    Dec 18, 2007
    10
    I love this movie. we must view this film in an auto-analystic way of admiring the characters. this movie has some magic that we keep on I love this movie. we must view this film in an auto-analystic way of admiring the characters. this movie has some magic that we keep on thinking about it even after weeks or months...oops! i must say this is a movie of a life time. i'm glad to have it in my collections of dvd. tornatore is way ahead of mankind. Expand
  4. ChrisS.
    Apr 4, 2006
    9
    What a great movie. Excellent performances with a spectacular score and striking images. You won't forget this one.
  5. Jun 7, 2015
    7
    A really nice movie. The plot is good and shows the European style of cinematography and especially the Italian one very nice. There would beA really nice movie. The plot is good and shows the European style of cinematography and especially the Italian one very nice. There would be no a better actress for the Malena role than Monica Bellucci. Also, the kids play so well like professionals and especially the boy who comes very close with Malena in the nude scene is a very good actor. Nice cast, wonderful directing in the whole movie but the only scene which stands out in directing is the scene where Malena is drugged in the square. Expand

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