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Based on 22 Reviews
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  • 70
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    Nothing new here except model-turned-actress Bellucci. To call her noteworthy would be an understatement. show more

  • 100
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    Qualifies as director Giuseppe Tornatore's second full-fledged masterpiece. His first: "Cinema Paradiso." show more

  • 50
    Mike Clark USA Today

    There's definitely some paradiso in watching Malena walking, but not enough to sustain almost two hours of cinema. show more

  • 75
    Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer

    Gives audiences something more than just a heart-stopping beauty to contemplate. show more

  • 63
    Jack Mathews New York Daily News

    If Mussolini had a Monica Bellucci to inspire his troops, we might still be trying to take Palermo. show more

  • 20
    Kevin Maynard Mr. Showbiz

    Giuseppe Tornatore has long been a master of cheap sentiment ("Cinema Paradiso," " The Legend of 1900"), but his latest film is his most shallow, reprehensible exercise in nostalgia to date. show more

  • 63
    Michael Wilmington Chicago Tribune

    No period of Italian history has produced more great movies than the WWII years . But, Malena romanticizes and even sentimentalizes those years. show more

  • 63
    David Sterritt Christian Science Monitor

    Striking photography, period detail, screen-filling crowd scenes, and veteran composer Morricone's score make this one worth seeing, but the sheer nastiness of the town's people drags it down. show more

  • 63
    Jonathan Foreman New York Post

    Too often seems like a slightly silly film. show more

  • 50
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    There is noting quite so awkward as a film that is one thing while it pretends to be another. show more

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