Mixed or average reviews - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. Often is on the verge of spilling over into melodrama, but that doesn't bother me because life is the same way.
  2. Very well acted and directed, if overlong.
  3. Reviewed by: Robert Dominguez
    Laura Morante gives a fiery, layered performance as the frustrated matriarch struggling to keep her clan together.
  4. Reviewed by: David Rooney
    While Muccino has refined his technique over four features and has developed greater insight, his characteristic tendency toward hysteria remains. This keeps the drama fast and compelling, but also makes it slightly wearing at times.
  5. An abrasive but innovative fusion of farce, satire and drama that blurs their boundaries in uncomfortable ways. It's a noisy movie whose characters tend to talk at medium-to-high volume.
  6. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    It's alternately stimulating and exhausting.
  7. Reviewed by: David Ng
    This sentimental movie is the simulacrum of an existential family drama. But the 48-year-old Morante is the real thing.
  8. 50
    Long-winded and often over-the-top Italian soap opera about a neurotic, middle-class Roman family.
  9. If the shrill Italian melodrama Remember Me, My Love were a television soap opera, it would be called The Not-So-Young and the Restless.
  10. 40
    If it were less prone to soap-opera histrionics, this screechy saga of an upscale family collapsing under the weight of its members' self-absorption might have something worth saying about domestic politics in post-fascist, post-communist, post-socialist Italy.
  11. A decorative Italian soap opera with an asterisk for earnest aspirations. Its beautiful people say painful things to each other in gorgeous clothes, and though the film expects us to take their problems seriously, it's awfully hard to do so.
  12. Achieves the dubious distinction of featuring a large gallery of nearly all unlikable characters.

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