100

Total Film

A 25th anniversary restoration of Giuseppe Tornatore’s ode to moving pictures and puppy love.
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100

Empire

By Patrick Peters
Every bit as enchanting as you remember. Molto, molto bene.
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100

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Jay Scott
Cinema Paradiso converts you to the credo that art can indeed be holy.
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100

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
You leave Cinema Paradiso with that feeling that's kind of like getting kicked in the stomach, but nice. It's one of those breathless, swept-away-by-a-movie experiences that you might have once a year, if you're lucky. [16 February 1990, Daily Notebook, p.E-1]
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100

Mr. Showbiz

Unapologetically sentimental, this movie is certain to melt all but the hardest of hearts.
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100

ReelViews

By James Berardinelli
This film is sometimes funny, sometimes joyful, and sometimes poignant, but it's always warm, wonderful, and satisfying. Cinema Paradiso affects us on many levels, but its strongest connection is with our memories.
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100

Time

By Richard Schickel
Remain open to fantasies but not be consumed by them. These are good lessons for a would-be director. They are good lessons for everybody. And no recent movie has taught them with more patient sweetness. [Feb. 5, 1990]
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100

Los Angeles Times

By Michael Wilmington
It's a shining valentine to the movies--full of homages, collages and swooningly romantic Ennio Morricone music--and it gets right at the messy, impure, wondrous way they capture and enrapture us. [16 February 1990, Calendar, p.F-1]
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88

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
Anyone who loves movies is likely to love Cinema Paradiso.
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75

USA Today

By Mike Clark
Lovely “memory'' film. [2 March 1990, Life, p.4D]
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80 out of 100
Universal acclaim
Metascore® based on all critic reviews. Scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.