My Mother's Smile Synopsis
An atheist (Sergio Castellitto) learns his family wants to canonize his mother.
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Christian Science Monitor

By David Sterritt
This superbly filmed Italian drama stands with Bellocchio's best work. Originally titled "Ora di religione."
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83

Seattle Post-Intelligencer

By Sean Axmaker
It's messy and unsettled, but Bellocchio's distaste for the cynicism and mendacity is potent and sincere.
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80

Village Voice

By Leslie Camhi
"A very odd thriller" is how Italian director Marco Bellocchio describes My Mother's Smile, his uncannily beautiful and deeply humanist...
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80

The New York Times

By A.O. Scott
Though the narrative is spotty, and occasionally confounding, there is an epic warmth in the way it's rendered.
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75

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
In the end, Bellocchio suggests in this spiritual thriller that perhaps faith is the dream from which we do not awaken.
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75

Miami Herald

By Marta Barber
There are many nuances to My Mother's Smile, not all of them evenly told. Yet even when the conversations sound absurd, the film never...
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Jonathan Curiel
An artful look at religious hypocrisy, interfamily dynamics and the way people wrestle with personal history long after the original events...
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75

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
It's a bit of a mess but strong stuff nevertheless -- a mournful, often wickedly funny religious satire that suggests what Kafka might have...
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63

New York Post

A thoughtful, provocative film that understandably ruffled a few feathers in its native Italy -- the portrayal of the church is far less...
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60

TV Guide

By Maitland McDonagh
It's a sly, subtle portrait of systematic hypocrisy.
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