Metascore
54

Mixed or average reviews - based on 22 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 22
  2. Negative: 3 out of 22
  1. 20
    Giuseppe Tornatore has long been a master of cheap sentiment ("Cinema Paradiso," " The Legend of 1900"), but his latest film is his most shallow, reprehensible exercise in nostalgia to date.
  2. Feels more like "Porky's" with marinara sauce than "Summer of '42."
  3. 10
    In the end, Malena is an unlikable and foul farce, unworthy of Tornatore's previously gentle touch.
User Score
8.5

Universal acclaim- based on 58 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
  1. 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. Full Review »
  2. R.L.
    Jan 5, 2009
    10
    A truly extraordinary film! I loved every minute of it.
  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. Full Review »