Mambo italiano


Mixed or average reviews - based on 26 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 26
  2. Negative: 6 out of 26

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Critic Reviews

  1. 60
    Lacks sparkle, and finally tips its gallery of colourful protagonists into the realm of caricature.
  2. Reviewed by: David Rooney
    The broad comedy is somewhat strained and obvious, and the hyper-real atmosphere encourages the cast to slice the prosciutto a little thickly. But the film's sweet-natured ingenuousness proves reasonably contagious.
  3. 60
    Beneath the heavy accents, wild gesticulating, slaps to the head and garish flocked wallpaper, there's an awful lot of heart.
  4. 50
    You don't have to be gay or Italian or live in Canada to enjoy Mambo Italiano, but a tolerance for ethnic mugging helps.
  5. A coming-out comedy that mines every cliche of cloistered Italian culture. But like "Greek Wedding," Mambo has enough funny moments to save it.
  6. Likable but relentlessly trivial.
  7. 50
    The "Big Fat Wedding" formula dictates a certain amount of ugly-duckling fantasy along with the ethnic scenery chewing.
  8. 50
    There are laughs in the movie, and a lot of good feeling, but it seems more interested in its Italian stereotypes than its gay insights.
  9. Unless you think "My Big Fat Greek Wedding" was the height of genius, there's little reason to sit though another version.
  10. More than painful to behold, it's simply insincere in a film determined to undermine gay stereotypes.
  11. 40
    Old annoying ethnic family stereotypes meet new annoying gay-relationship stereotypes in this candidate for "Kiss Me Guido's" heretofore uncontested niche.
  12. 40
    More dispiriting than the caricatured Italian families is the sense that, by picture's end, the filmmakers have neutered Angelo, so that his sexual energy is dulled, made non-threatening -- the perfect son after all.
  13. 40
    As Angelo, Mr. Kirby has a boyish charm, which is probably the best that can be said for this film as well.
  14. Ethnic and sexual stereotypes receive equally clumsy treatment in this Canadian comedy.
  15. 40
    If Gaudreault's 90-minute pilot ever makes it to television, French-Canadians can look forward to their own Italian version of A.K.A. Pablo.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 19 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 14
  2. Negative: 3 out of 14
  1. Feb 24, 2013
    Mambo Italiano is the story of an Italian immigrant coming out to his old school Italian family. There are some really hysterical lines inMambo Italiano is the story of an Italian immigrant coming out to his old school Italian family. There are some really hysterical lines in this movie, but in general I found the whole thing to have been done. Putting an Italian twist on it, was in theory a good idea, but the whole film just comes across as cliché. The gay stereotypes are outdated and the other F word is thrown around way too much. If you're looking for an original "gay" comedy, watch Sascha Baron Cohen's Bruno, that was a great movie. Mambo Italiano is just a fast moving, sexist nightmare, with the occasional great one liner. Full Review »