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Based on 25 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 1 )
  • 75
    Ruthe Stein San Francisco Chronicle

    The result is a deeply moving experience, alternately funny and sad. show more

  • 70
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    The film flirts frequently with sentimentality, falling for it heedlessly at a couple of crucial junctures. Still, the overall style is more astringent than moist, and the hero is a little toughie of endearing tenderness. show more

  • 75
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    A powerful indictment of Russia's illegal adoption industry - and a story of pipsqueak resolve and resilience - The Italian is clear-eyed and tough in its depiction of a corrupt, atrophied social order. show more

  • 63
    Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News

    There are too many familiar faces in this story, from kindhearted whores to street-urchin bullies. But even if circumstances edge toward the unlikely, Kravchuk and Spiridonov make an effective team, exploring the realities that lead to so much heartbreak for so many children. show more

  • 80
    Frank Scheck The Hollywood Reporter

    Combining the influences of Italian neorealism with Dickensian melodrama, Andrei Kravchuk's simultaneously tough-minded and sentimental The Italian is as bracing as it is moving. show more

  • 88
    Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune

    Earns its happy ending like few other contemporary dramas concerned with the fate of a child. It puts you through hell for that ending, in fact, hell being modern-day Russia. show more

  • 75
    Lou Lumenick New York Post

    At heart, The Italian is a Dickensian tale that paints a vivid portrait of post-Glasnost Russia en route to a four-handkerchief ending. show more

  • 75
    Ken Fox TV Guide

    Equal parts "Oliver Twist" and "Pinocchio," Russian director Andrei Kravchuk's fictional hearttugger exposes a troubling real-life practice in contemporary Russia: the buying and selling of abandoned children to rich foreign couples. show more

  • 75
    Ty Burr Boston Globe

    It's foreign, it's inspiring, it has an adorably resourceful kid; it depicts grinding misery in a land far from West Newton, and it holds out the possibility of clambering over all that misery to attain your dream. show more

  • 75
    The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    The Italian belongs in group of excellent recent Russian films -- most notably Andrei Zvyagintsev's "The Return" and Boris Khlebnikov and Aleksei Popogrebsky's "Roads to Koktebel" -- that have examined the effects of the country's woes on its youngest and most vulnerable citizens, as well as the problems faced by any child unfortunate enough to have faulty or absent parents. At its best, The Italian conveys this grave issue with admirable clarity and power. show more

  • April 19, 2010 Wadis Place
    Report This User

    It is an outstanding movie. It rings the sad truth about European orphanages after WWII. A film worth seeing.

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