• Released
  • June 26, 1961
  • 2 hr 35 min
  • Drama
  • 1 Fan Rating
Synopsis: A rural Italian and her five sons fail tragically after moving to postwar Milan.

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100

Christian Science Monitor

By David Sterritt
From its star-studded cast to its indelible camerawork by the legendary Giuseppe Rotunno, it's an unforgettable experience by a revered...
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100

The New York Times

By Dana Stevens
Neither the neighborhood intimacy of "Mean Streets" nor the grandeur of the "Godfather" movies is imaginable without Visconti's example....
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80

TV Guide

Violent, deliberately operatic, and makes ambiguous social statements.
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80

Film Threat

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As we toss around words such as "dark," "stylish," "brooding," and "tragic" along the road to perdition, I recommend a three and a half...
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70

Variety

It's plotted in the form of an epic poem, each stanza dedicated to a member of the group.
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50

Village Voice

By Michael Atkinson
Visconti's film remains a Euro-culture touchstone, though not nearly as convincing or visually stunning as its reputation insists.
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