100

Chicago Tribune

By Michael Wilmington
One of the cinema's true classics.
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100

Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
Freshly viewed, the movie's melancholy seems to fit uncannily well in the moment we find ourselves now. In the film there are mentions of nuclear annihilation and worries that heedless lust and wanton partying could bring Rome a second fall.
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100

Portland Oregonian

By Shawn Levy
Films don't get more essential than this.
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100

Christian Science Monitor

By David Sterritt
A profound film by a legendary director in the greatest period of his career.
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100

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
In this one masterpiece, Federico Fellini achieved the ideal balance -- between social observation and unconscious imagery, between artistic discipline and freedom, and between the neo-realism of 1950s Italian cinema and the orgiastic flights of his later work.
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100

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
The movie is made with boundless energy. Fellini stood here at the dividing point between the neorealism of his earlier films (like "La Strada") and the carnival visuals of his extravagant later ones ("Juliet of the Spirits," "Amarcord'').
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100

The New York Times

A brilliantly graphic estimation of a whole swath of society in sad decay and, eventually, a withering commentary upon the tragedy of the overcivilized. (Review of Original Release)
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100

Los Angeles Times

By Kevin Thomas
A brilliantly conceived epic fable.
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90

Variety

The performances are uniformly excellent. Mastroianni is perfect in the key role of the basically good and honest boy who succumbs to the sweet life. Ekberg is a revelation as the visiting star, while Furneaux almost runs off with the picture as the reporter's instinctive, possessive mistress. (Review of original release)
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70

TV Guide

After nearly three hours Fellini's relentlessly enigmatic, non-committal approach leaves you wishing for something more than poignant imagery and moody, self-obsessed characters. (Review of Original Release)
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93 out of 100
Universal acclaim
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