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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.
Score distribution:
  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
    Nothing new here except model-turned-actress Bellucci. To call her noteworthy would be an understatement.
  4. If Mussolini had a Monica Bellucci to inspire his troops, we might still be trying to take Palermo.
  5. 50
    There is noting quite so awkward as a film that is one thing while it pretends to be another.
  6. 50
    When the film changes gears from light coming-of-age comedy to ex-post-facto war parable midway through, it loses its focus and suddenly becomes a much darker beast.
  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: 18 out of 20
  2. Negative: 0 out of 20
  1. AlfredoM.
    May 7, 2001
    10
    Great!!
  2. 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
  3. R.L.
    Jan 5, 2009
    10
    A truly extraordinary film! I loved every minute of it.
  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.

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