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Based on 15 Reviews
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  • 25
    Edward Guthmann San Francisco Chronicle

    Big, opulent and frequently wretched, Pinocchio is so bad that its American distributor, Miramax, opened it on Christmas Day with scant advertising and no advance press screening. show more

  • 25
    Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News

    The most bizarre cinematic experience of 2002. So misguided as to be utterly mystifying, this shameless vanity project is almost surreal enough to be entertaining. Almost. show more

  • 25
    The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    Benigni as a Pinocchio with 5-o'clock shadow and tufts of arm hair poking out from under the sleeves of his puppet costume, it borders on creepy. show more

  • 25
    Baltimore Sun

    The bottom line is that the studio's marketing strategy is just a tad incomplete. Instead of hiding Pinocchio from critics, Miramax should have hidden it from everyone. show more

  • NA
    V.A. Musetto New York Post

    Loud, crass and full of slapstick humor that the Three Stooges would be ashamed of. And it is almost completely lacking in charm and nuance. show more

  • 40
    Ken Fox TV Guide

    There's no getting past the shockingly poorly dubbed voice work of the English speaking cast; Meyer's voice is particularly shrill and grating. show more

  • NA
    Marc Savlov Austin Chronicle

    By film's end I was fantasizing that Peter Stormare would drop by with his "Fargo" wood-chipper in tow, but it was not to be. Appalling. show more

  • NA
    Owen Gleiberman Entertainment Weekly

    Benigni's Pinocchio is meant to be adorable, but he comes off as less an enchanted puppet than as a harmlessly deranged middle-aged man prancing about in the kind of froufrou cream-colored pantsuit that Dinah Shore retired to her back closet in 1977. show more

  • 40
    David Rooney Variety

    The spirit of the late Federico Fellini -- with whom Benigni talked of doing the project together -- surfaces repeatedly. But that spirit fails to enliven a film substantially lacking in personality, energy, magic and humor. show more

  • 30
    A.O. Scott The New York Times

    It's an oddity that will be avoided by millions of people, this new Pinocchio. Osama bin Laden could attend a showing in Times Square and be confident of remaining hidden. show more

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