100

San Francisco Chronicle

Lone Scherfig, the writer-director, has made a film so unabashedly hopeful that it actually makes the heart soar. Yes, soar.
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90

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
This is a woman's work in the best sense -- empathetic, inferentially erotic and delicately intuitive, as well as fiercely intelligent.
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88

New York Daily News

By Jami Bernard
It's the rare film, Dogma or otherwise, that keeps you smiling long after the lights come up.
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88

Chicago Tribune

By Michael Wilmington
This is a movie that doesn't depend for its effects on star performers or stylized wish-fulfillment sexuality but on realism, sharp observation and honest humor.
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88

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

Unlike Hollywood's starting point of hopelessly beautiful and yet inexplicably unentangled principal characters, Italian For Beginners'raw material is something of a more dirty-fingernail variety.
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88

Baltimore Sun

By Michael Sragow
Italian for Beginners, on its own small scale, is a one-of-a-kind movie: a baggy-pants spiritual comedy.
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88

Boston Globe

By Jay Carr
It's the kind of romantic comedy that doesn't cheapen the word ''heartwarming.''
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80

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
These melancholy Danes create something sweetly sexy, funny and touching.
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75

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
This charming but slight tale has warmth, wit and interesting characters compassionately portrayed.
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50

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
To see this much austere vérité atmosphere propping up this much schlock romanticism is like biting into a blue-cheese canapé that turns out to be a fluffernutter.
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77 out of 100
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