Tea With Mussolini Synopsis
A woman (Joan Plowright) takes in a boy in World War II Italy.
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
It's warm, spontaneous and heartfelt. Zeffirelli cared about his memories, and he's done justice to them.
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By James Berardinelli
An incomplete memoir with spotty character development, but, in part because of the way it was filmed and in part because of the strength...
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The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

The most sentimental Italian movie about surviving the war since "Life is Beautiful."
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San Francisco Examiner

By Walter Addiego
Cher is an inspired bit of casting, while the talented Dench is underused. Smith seems to be going through the motions as the fatuous and...
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Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
The movie seemed the stuff of anecdote, not drama, and as the alleged protagonist, Luca/Franco is too young much of the time to play more...
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USA Today

By Mike Clark
The movie is so aggressively ingratiating that it's probably not to be fully trusted, yet it works suprisingly well on its own limited...
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Zeffirelli's mawkish tendencies are checked by Mortimer's funny, richly observant screenplay; it's rose-tinted but plays up character and...
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TV Guide

By Maitland McDonagh
And while the divas make their characters hugely entertaining, they're also such high profile actresses in such a soft-edged film that it's...
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Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
The film values quips and declamations over natural conversation (or an explanation of how such intelligent women could have been so blind...
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Austin Chronicle

By Steve Davis
Franco Zeffirelli's contrived autobiographical film about his youth in fascist Italy has little social grace -- it's embarrassingly...
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Tea With Mussolini review

By Spartacus2000
Tea with Mussolini is a semi-autobiographical film directed by Franco Zeffirelli, telling the story of young Italian boy Luca's upbringing by a kind British woman and her circle of friends. In the...

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Rated PG