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Cinema Paradiso (PG)

Cinema Paradiso (PG)


A filmmaker recalls his childhood, when he fell in love with the movies at his village's theater and formed a deep friendship with the theater's projectionist.

The critical consensus

Every bit as enchanting as you remember. Molto, molto bene.

*****Patrick Peters, Empire Online, 09/12/2013

Set in Sicily, it looks lovely and is full of classic, memorable moments, including a tear-jerking finale.

*****Henry Fitzherbert, Daily Express, 11/12/2013

Cute kids, crafty crusties and the magic of cinema reduced to a compendium of soppy platitudes.

**(*)(*)(*)David Jenkins, Little White Lies, 12/12/2013

As enchanting as ever.

*****Brian Viner, Daily Mail, 13/12/2013

Cinema Paradiso is a movie of glorious moments but it is undermined by its own chronic, nostalgia-fuelled soppiness.

****(*)Geoffrey Macnab, The Independent, 12/12/2013

It's a real experience and a classic. But a sweet tooth is necessary.

****(*)Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian, 12/12/2013

They really don't make them like that any more. Which is probably (sobs, blows nose) a bloody good thing.

***(*)(*)Antonia Quirke, Financial Times, 12/12/2013

A movie that dispenses bittersweetness, nostalgia and uplift in potent doses.

*****Jessica Mellor, Total Film, 09/12/2013

Recent changes to cinema which have seen the projectionist's art sidelined in the digital age add a further layer of poignancy to the magical memories.

****(*)Mark Kermode, The Observer, 15/12/2013

Features about Cinema Paradiso (PG)

Philip French on Cinema Paradiso

Philip French, The Guardian, 02/12/2013

Cinema Paradiso and the rise of the postcard-arthouse movie

Phil Hoad, The Guardian, 05/12/2013

Cinema Paradiso: the little movie that could

John Patterson, The Guardian, 09/12/2013

Where and when?

General release. Check local listings for show times.

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