Il Postino Synopsis
Mediterranean fisherman's son (Massimo Troisi) bonds with exiled poet (Philippe Noiret).
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Peter Stack
An unforgettable, poetic romance from Italy whose disarming humor, blushing encounters and bittersweet flavors are certain to set off a...
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100

ReelViews

By James Berardinelli
A charming piece of cinema that takes several comfortable formulas and expands upon them in ingenious and emotionally-satisfying ways.
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90

Los Angeles Times

By Kenneth Turan
Made under unique and wrenching circumstances, it gained poignancy and a kind of purity from its troubles, and an already affecting film...
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90

The New York Times

By Elvis Mitchell
A rueful, warmly affecting film featuring a wonderful performance by Mr. Troisi, The Postman would be attention-getting even without the...
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88

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
The beauty of the film is in its quietness.
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80

Washington Post

By Desson Thomson
The screenplay (which is credited to a small crowd: director Michael Radford, Anna Pavignano, Furio Scarpelli, Giacomo Scarpelli and Troisi)...
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78

Austin Chronicle

With lyrical beauty and memorable performances, The Postman articulates many feelings that seem to defy explanation.
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75

USA Today

By Staff [Not Credited]
The Postman (Il Postino) is slight, but it's tough to imagine anyone not liking it.
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70

TV Guide

The film has a gentle political edge, knocking Marxists and Christian Democrats with equal cheerfulness, and Troisi's self-deprecating...
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50

San Francisco Examiner

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Troisi, who was a star in Italy, hasn't been seen widely in the United States, and from this film it is difficult to be certain how he...
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Rated PG
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says OK for kids 13+ Romance, gorgeous words, and the beauty of Italy.
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