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  1. Outstanding, entirely unique father-son portrait.
  2. Though "Keys" is not Amelio's best, it has an emotional power almost equal to anything he's done.
  3. Reviewed by: Kim Morgan
    There is nothing obvious about this subtle yet powerfully subversive look into the emotional toll and confusion of dealing with a disabled child.
  4. 75
    Kim Rossi Stuart gives an excellent performance.
  5. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    Even more astonishing that the superb acting is the simple fact that director Gianni Amelio has managed to craft a touching tale of a father reunited with his disabled son without the slightest whiff of sentimentality.
  6. 70
    If the film's redemptive ending is a fairy tale, it's one we willingly embrace.
  7. 60
    The drama is hampered by a vague screenplay that takes its sweet time explaining the characters' past and never specifies the nature of the boy's palsy and apparent retardation.

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  1. DanielW.
    Jul 21, 2006
    A superb blend of poignant with authentic. Throughout the film, I found myself trying to determine whether or not Paolo was truly handicapped or merely a wonderful actor (both being proven true), and (due to a common surname) wondering if Kim Rossi Stuart was indeed Paolo's real-life father (only pleasantly surprised to discover he was merely an actor). This film is not for the fainthearted or pursuers of maudlin sentimentality. Here is a reasonably hard-hitting film that bestows dignity to all families which must contend with lifelong (and often debilitating) disabilities. Expand