Metascore
71

Generally favorable reviews - based on 19 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 19
  2. Negative: 0 out of 19
  1. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    88
    There's a hilarious performance of a "de-fascisized" version of Beethoven's "Ode to Joy," and the soundtrack prominently features an Italian version of the crypto-fascist girl-group classic "I Will Follow Him," a joke Kenneth Anger first made in "Scorpio Rising" that's still funny today.
  2. Moviegoers of a certain age may feel as though they are watching a lost Bertolucci film.
  3. Reviewed by: Ross Bennett
    80
    Thanks to the captivating performances, this is well worth checking out.
  4. Petraglia and Rulli once again display their gift for bringing the texture of reality to family drama, for creating people and situations that involve us completely. My Brother Is an Only Child is not the only film that does this, but it's a product that's in shorter and shorter supply every year.
  5. 75
    Intelligent, well-acted movie.
  6. Reviewed by: Sid Smith
    75
    It’s a history lesson, a look at ’60s strife inside a corner far removed from our more familiar American images of that era. It’s also brightly performed, from sullen, boorish, yet charismatic Scamarcio to the instinctive, charming, infuriating characterization by Germano.
  7. 75
    Ripe, ferociously acted comic drama.
  8. A provocative character study and portrait of the times.
  9. 75
    Though it's well-cast and convincingly captures the look and feel of its era, the film loses steam as Accio's story meanders to a predictable conclusion.
  10. My Brother Is an Only Child isn't a critique of the left but a film about the consequences and responsibility of "political action." Luchetti measures social justice not in ideals but in positive change and the compassion with which it is accomplished.
  11. Great title, and the whiff of existential loneliness that it conjures up – brothers locked not in solidarity but in solitude – permeates the entire movie.
  12. Reviewed by: Jay Weissberg
    70
    Scripted by "The Best of Youth" duo who brought the post-WWII years into stark and moving light, pic offers a warm humor that illuminates the defiant vista of hope even when the proceedings turn tragic.
  13. Reviewed by: Nick Pinkerton
    70
    Tumultuously shot "rawness" is the stylistic house rule, but it's Elio Germano's Accio who vitalizes the film.
  14. 70
    A lively minor addendum to the grand tradition of Italian fraternal cinema.
  15. What makes My Brother Is an Only Child so alive and entertaining is how it dramatizes the endless tug-of-war between political conviction and personal experience--the way the lines twist and blur and finally implode.
  16. Although the movie never quite dispels the sense of being dated (it could have been made anytime in the past 40 years), it's a memorable, often moving timepiece.
  17. The movie is a veritable scrapbook of tropes from the heyday of art film. Maybe that's why it feels gauzy and quaint. Yet time passes pleasantly.
  18. Reviewed by: Josh Rosenblatt
    67
    I suppose, in the end, My Brother Is an Only Child is a coming-of-age story about a young man who – like the era he was born into – has no idea how to come of age, except by violent fits and starts, in all directions, to varying ends, and ready to change course whenever the mood strikes.
  19. Reviewed by: Michael Atkinson
    50
    The rough-and-tumble tone is bitterly entertaining but in the end doesn't contribute to a convincing historical portrait, and a pileup of half-baked resolutions spoils the buzz.
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  1. NovakG.
    Apr 1, 2008
    9
    Deeply engaging, clever and funny movie.Acting is superb! No need to say that, at some point, I had a huge sympathy for the younger brother Deeply engaging, clever and funny movie.Acting is superb! No need to say that, at some point, I had a huge sympathy for the younger brother who is fascist, even though I have always been on the other -left-side... Full Review »