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  • Summary: A love-struck Italian poet finds himself in Iraq at the outset of the American-led invasion.
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  1. Positive: 0 out of 10
  2. Negative: 6 out of 10
  1. Reviewed by: Deborah Young
    60
    Like an Iraq-war mirror image of "Life Is Beautiful," actor-director Roberto Benigni's The Tiger and the Snow re-runs the successful structure and comic persona of the 1998 Oscar-winning film in a trippy fantasia about a poet who follows his love to hell and, in this happier ending, back.
  2. 50
    A winsome, charming and irresistibly romantic picture, and also a profoundly self-involved one that has nothing whatever to do with Iraq or war or much of anything else besides the butterfly-like spirit of Roberto Benigni. But I guess that combination makes it a great holiday selection choice for certain disheveled, liberal family groups. Mine, for instance.
  3. Benigni clearly intends to make some impassioned statements about the futility of war, the power of romance, the enduring strength of optimism. However, the once-appealing innocence of his exuberant persona has become curdled over time.
  4. Reviewed by: Ed Halter
    20
    The results are neither profound nor funny, but merely uncomfortable. A hubristic failure at risky humor, The Tiger and the Snow provides Benigni his own Michael Richards moment.
  5. A scorching affront to Italians, Iraqis and the intelligence of movie audiences everywhere.
  6. Reviewed by: G. Allen Johnson
    0
    Remember that manic, rambling Oscar acceptance speech, when Benigni leapt around the auditorium? That might have been charming for two or three minutes, but imagine two hours of it.
  7. 0
    The longer the movie goes on, the more annoying Benigni's infantile behavior becomes.

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  1. Positive: 10 out of 12
  2. Negative: 1 out of 12
  1. Jan 5, 2011
    9
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Everybody see Benigni only as comedian, but it's clear how deep character he is, so, another love story from him
    as director,certainly playing "real-life" Benigni (is he actually playing?), searching for society approval like individuality, but he is certain about war and crimes disapproval (Iraq theme), and he finds love as the only response to everything bad and odd..Must see, must think.
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