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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. LeeXXXXXXXX
    Jul 18, 2009
    10
    Only if you have yourself been hopeless and deeply in love will you be able to understand the complexity of someone like Begnini's Only if you have yourself been hopeless and deeply in love will you be able to understand the complexity of someone like Begnini's character in this film. He loves his wife. And, he loves her completely. Indeed, he may have strayed. Nonetheless, his commitment to this woman is all he now knows. She is his everything, his every thought. She completes his day, his night, his every breath...and, without her. As he said to the old Arab pharmacist, there is nothing left...on this earth. Expand
  2. CynthiaW.
    Jan 14, 2007
    10
    Beautiful. Powerful. Full of truth. You can never hold back spring...and you can certainly never convince me that either spring or this movie Beautiful. Powerful. Full of truth. You can never hold back spring...and you can certainly never convince me that either spring or this movie are not charming, warm and utterly enjoyable:). Expand
  3. VicN.
    Jan 14, 2008
    10
    What fascinates me is the discrepancy between the reviews of some of the users and the oh so knowledgeable, head in the sand "critics". What What fascinates me is the discrepancy between the reviews of some of the users and the oh so knowledgeable, head in the sand "critics". What are they so afraid of? Maybe recognizing what life is really about - a big joke. Expand
  4. ChelseaR.
    Jan 15, 2007
    9
    What a very sweet romantic movie. Roberto Benigni is a lovable goofball, he is very cute. The comedy is not laugh out loud, it is What a very sweet romantic movie. Roberto Benigni is a lovable goofball, he is very cute. The comedy is not laugh out loud, it is lighthearted and enjoyable. How can anyone consider Benigni annoying, he might be a little but in a cute kind of way that makes me giddy all over! Expand
  5. TetiG.
    Nov 12, 2007
    9
    I believe this is another piece of art which shows true love. In this movie Benigni tells us another love story. Love can do it all.
  6. EP
    Jan 10, 2007
    8
    I dont know what is wrong with the critics. This movie may not be the quality 'Life is beauitful' was, but it was still a pretty I dont know what is wrong with the critics. This movie may not be the quality 'Life is beauitful' was, but it was still a pretty good film. Roberto Benigni's comedy is simple and smart, this film is lighthearted and very sweet. It's holds a kind of fantasy, fairy tale like love story which most European (Italian) love stories hold. This usually does not come across well with American film critics who claim it is corny. But the way Benigni does it is refreshing. This is a nice film, and enjoyable. The critics are dead wrong on this one! May not be Oscar worthy, but it's worthy of a viewing or two. Expand
  7. Hitchhiker
    Feb 1, 2007
    0
    There's gotta be a ban against fossilized once-tolerable sentimentalist Italian directors! Considering the reality of what's going There's gotta be a ban against fossilized once-tolerable sentimentalist Italian directors! Considering the reality of what's going on in the world today, especially in Iraq, I found the movie not only devoid of any cinematic creativity, artistic integrity or simple charm, but also downright offensive, outdated and moronic_ emotionally and intellectually! Collapse

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