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Based on 26 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 3 )
  • 75
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    The movie is alive from beginning to end, and it's a pleasure to see at least one big-name director get out of the prison of his own reputation. show more

  • 70
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    Tetro turns out to be not one movie but, at the very least, two--a Fellini-esque (or Coppola-esque) concatenation of drama, dance and opera (with a nod to Alphonse Daudet), and a modest, appealing coming-of-age story that involves Maribel Verdú (from “Y Tu Mamá También”) as Tetro’s girlfriend. show more

  • 75
    Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer

    The result is visually inventive, narratively edgy, and unlike anything else. show more

  • 40
    Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News

    Despite the overwrought plot and unabashed pretension, there's something admirable about the fact that Coppola clearly made this movie for himself. But he shouldn't be surprised if few others join him in watching it. show more

  • 70
    Kirk Honeycutt The Hollywood Reporter

    It has style to burn, eye-catching acting by an international cast and a story that harkens back to many literary classic with its themes of a family torn apart, brothers in conflict and a son's rivalry with a towering father figure. show more

  • 100
    Calvin Wilson St. Louis Post-Dispatch

    Shot mostly in black and white and imbued with a romanticism that's at once nostalgic and exhilarating, Tetro sneaks up on you. What threatens to be a mere exercise in style proves to be as involving as it is inventive. show more

  • 88
    Michael Sragow Baltimore Sun

    A delirious surprise . show more

  • 75
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    Here is a film that, for all of its plot, depends on characters in service of their emotional turmoil. It feels good to see Coppola back in form. show more

  • 75
    Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune

    Unabashedly theatrical and richly cinematic, even when it's falling apart. show more

  • 75
    Rene Rodriguez Miami Herald

    What a grand and dazzling route Coppola takes. show more

  • May 08, 2010 joker8012
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    this is the best movie i have ever saw, JK i've never even saw it lol haha lmao

  • July 19, 2009 HirschmanD
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    A superb movie that is clearly worth watching. Unfortunately, however, the movie, which is in black-and-white, can be better described as being light-and-dark with an overwhelming amount of "dark". The absence of "light" in nearly all the scenes becomes an affectation from the Director which detracts from the cinematography. The darkness is not a modifier, enhancer, or subtlety but rather a significant part of the movie.

  • June 24, 2009 Karyn Paris
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    They could have said it all with a half an hour less. The photography was creative, a little too dark for my taste. confusing at times and after awhile you didn't care. It was just ok....

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