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Premiere

By Peter Debruge
In the annals of Mediterranean island love stories, Respiro reflects the effortless charm of a film like "Il Postino," rather than the...
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
On its own terms, the movie succeeds. Like a fable, its meanings are unspecific but haunting.
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75

New York Daily News

By Jami Bernard
A beautifully composed tone poem about unspoken group dynamics in an isolated community. It is also, in its way, about how love endures.
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75

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
If you prefer your domestic clashes sunnier and more strenuously poetic, Respiro may be your respite. If nothing else, it's a reminder of...
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75

Baltimore Sun

By Michael Sragow
The bulk of the film merely yearns for lucidity and magic. At its worst, Respiro resembles My Big Fat Italian Nervous Breakdown.
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75

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
A cheerful, life-affirming film, strong in its energy, about vivid characters. It uses mental illness as an entertainment, not a disease.
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75

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
For all Golino's comeliness, she's upstaged by the windy beauty of the landscape, and by Crialese's attention -- in an Italian neorealist...
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75

Chicago Tribune

By Mark Caro
This is one of those films that can accurately be described as small. Mostly, you just appreciate the time spent with these particular...
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63

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Rick Groen
Somewhere along the way, Respiro just seems to run out of breath.
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50

New York Post

By V.A. Musetto
Has a sexy cast and is gorgeous to watch -- but it takes more than that to make a movie worth seeking out.
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Rated PG-13 | For nudity and thematic elements