100

Chicago Tribune

By Michael Wilmington
A deeply moving blend of cold terror and rapturous hilarity. Lovingly crafted by Italy's top comedian and most popular filmmaker, it's that rare comedy that takes on a daring and ambitious subject and proves worthy of it.
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88

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
Finds the right notes to negotiate its delicate subject matter.
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88

New York Daily News

By Jami Bernard
A rare blend of comedy and tenderness whose point is not the horrors of war but the lengths a parent will go to protect his child's innocence.
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88

USA Today

By Mike Clark
To see someone even attempt bittersweet treatment of this subject is surprising, but to largely pull it off is a major feat.
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75

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Rick Groen
Ultimately, Benigni's comic refinery merely transforms the banality of evil into a lesser sin -- the evil of banality.
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75

San Francisco Examiner

By Walter Addiego
Succeeds better than it ought to, largely because of the personality and prodigious talents of its director and star, the Italian comedian Roberto Benigni.
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75

ReelViews

By James Berardinelli
It's the depiction of the love and sacrifice of a father for a son that makes Life is Beautiful worthwhile.
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67

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
Starts out as sentimental whimsy and ends as sentimental kitsch.
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50

Christian Science Monitor

By David Sterritt
Has good intentions, but its exaggerated celebration of quick-witted improvisation ultimately trivializes the human and historical horrors evoked by the story.
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50

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
Benigni sets out to do the impossible.
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59 out of 100
Mixed or average reviews
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