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  • 75
    Walter Addiego San Francisco Chronicle

    For those willing to overlook its few slips into heavy-handedness, Corpo Celeste tells a compelling story of a 12-year-old girl thrust into a strange new world. show more

  • 75
    Slant Magazine

    Once Corpo Celeste began to recede a little in my rearview mirror, my initial impatience softened a little. show more

  • 80
    David Parkinson Empire

    Quietly compelling, the cerebral slice of social realism is well worth hunting down. show more

  • 80
    Eric Hynes Time Out New York

    Alice Rohrwacher's debut fictional feature is an uncommonly insightful portrait of nascent womanhood, assisted in no small measure by Vianello's disarmingly naturalistic performance. show more

  • 80
    Tom Dawson Total Film

    With echoes of the Dardennes and Lucrecia Martel, Corpo Celeste's acute sense of place, feel for adolescent confusion and miraculous resolution suggest that Rohrwacher is a talent to watch. show more

  • 60
    Peter Bradshaw The Guardian

    An accomplished debut. show more

  • 60
    Cath Clarke Time Out London

    Stick with it and writer/director Alice Rohrwacher’s first feature reveals another side: taking a small town as a microcosm of Berlusconi’s something-rotten-at-the-core Italy. show more

  • 80
    Village Voice

    Rohrwacher almost overplays her metaphors, but her understated characterizations, cinematographer Hélène Louvart's rapturous range, and especially Vianello's eerie grace combine to make Corpo Celeste the ideal cinematic antidote to the summer doldrums. show more

  • 70

    Rohrwacher's picture offers a Dardennes-esque look at a working-class teen's growing pains in a backwater parish in southern Italy. Minor tonal inconsistencies are overcome by this intimate tale's naturalistic thesping and loose lensing style. show more

  • 50
    Rachel Saltz The New York Times

    Ms. Rohrwacher combines a documentary impulse (effective in family scenes) with a more allegorical one. Her film gets clunky when allegory has the upper hand, and that means Corpo Celeste often stumbles, along with its 12-year-old heroine, Marta (Yle Vianello). show more

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