Miramax Films | Release Date: October 23, 1998 CRITIC SCORE DISTRIBUTION
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Mixed or average reviews based on 32 Critics
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100
Benigni, with great help from young Cantarini, has crafted a work of such complexity that you may find both your brain and your heart simply overloaded. Which, of course, is the rarely achieved goal of all art.
90
Its unique message about laughing in the face of evil clearly reveals that life is beautiful.
70
While most reviewers will accuse it of sentimentality (a charge that is justified), audiences, who don't feel the need to appear rigorous and tough-minded all the time, will flock to it in droves.
70
The story moves beyond the limitations of its setting, transforming itself into an affecting parable about the lengths to which parents will go to protect their children from trauma, cruelty and knowledge of evil.