100

Chicago Tribune

By Michael Wilmington
One of the screen's great portrayals of the hell-raising and malaise of young men in their 20s, hit Italy like a comic thunderbolt when it was released there in 1953 -- and it struck the American art-house audience in much the same way when it premiered here in 1956. Now it returns, and unlike its five aging-boy protagonists, this movie hasn't lost its first youth.
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100

The New York Times

By Dana Stevens
Full of brilliantly executed coups de théâtre, showing the director's natural flair for spectacle.
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100

Los Angeles Times

By Kevin Thomas
It was this ineffably poignant semiautobiographical reverie that unleashed fully Fellini's shimmering, flowing poetic style, echoed perfectly in a plaintive score by Fellini's potently evocative collaborator, Nino Rota.
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91

Seattle Post-Intelligencer

By William Arnold
Its elements all come together with an unforced perfection, every scene feels real and alive in a way that many of his more surrealistic later films do not, and Leonard Maltin, for one, has argued that I Vitelloni is no less than Fellini's masterpiece.
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90

Chicago Reader

Though still realist in approach, its aura of bitter nostalgia places it squarely among Fellini's most personal and atmospheric works.
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80

Empire

By Kim Newman
It’s as wistful and sad as it is funny and charming, with the first of Nino Rota’s great scores to keep it burbling along.
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80

TV Guide

This semiautobiographical work by Federico Fellini was the first film to bring him a measure of world attention.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
It's a film of sensitivity, observation and humor - a must-see for Fellini enthusiasts and a worthwhile investment for everyone else.
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70

Village Voice

By J. Hoberman
Moving from cafés to poolrooms to movie theaters, it's the prototypical male ensemble film.
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70

Variety

Federico Fellini, long a scripter, in his second feature film satirizes the 'wastrels', the do-nothing sons of middle-class Italian provincials whose life ranges from schoolroom to poolroom.
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87 out of 100
Universal acclaim
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