'Vincere' Critic Reviews

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MovieWeb:   0 reviews
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Rotten Tomatoes:   90 reviews
  • Lisa Schwarzbaum Entertainment Weekly (Top Critic)
    84
    Mezzogiorno plays Dalser with the kind of fervent intensity once seen in silent films...
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Manohla Dargis New York Times (Top Critic)
    70
    A sustained, alternatingly exhausting and aesthetically exhilarating howl of a film.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Andrew Pulver Guardian [UK] (Top Critic)
    60
    The screenplay is unkind to lead actor Giovanna Mezzogiorno, requiring her to replay the same obsessive behaviour in less-than-inspiring locales, and all the film's energy just fizzles out.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Michael O'Sullivan Washington Post (Top Critic)
    75
    It's grand, heartbreaking material, made even more riveting by the fact that it is very likely true.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Wesley Morris Boston Globe (Top Critic)
    100
    Bellocchio's priorities are electrically clear. Sensation, sensation, sensation. The effect is a rare kind of moviegoing chaos. Are we to laugh, cry, scratch our temples, or grab our dates? In the spirit of the movie, do them all at once.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Rob Nelson Village Voice (Top Critic)
    A movie whose audacious editing fully captures the hot and heavy relationships between past and present, sex and politics, reality and, yes, cinema.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Joe Neumaier New York Daily News (Top Critic)
    60
    There's visual poetry here and haunted performances from Mezzogiorno and Timi -- who plays two roles, and is especially gripping as Dalser 1/2 1/2s grown son.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • David Edelstein New York Magazine (Top Critic)
    The movie, a near-masterpiece, is a monument to intoxication: of sexual conquest, of military conquest, and, most of all, of cinema.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • David Denby New Yorker (Top Critic)
    Her story is one of endurance and martyrdom, and Bellocchio treats her with grave courtesy, focussing on her battered face as she is subjected to years of beatings in the asylum, and on her drive to escape.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times (Top Critic)
    88
    The film is beautifully well-mounted. The locations, the sets, the costumes, everything conspire to re-create the Rome of that time. It provides a counterpoint to the usual caricature of Mussolini.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Joshua Katzman Chicago Reader (Top Critic)
    Carol Crivelli's soaring classical score heightens Bellochio's operatic tendencies.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer (Top Critic)
    88
    With wild collages of newsreel footage, swirling newspaper headlines, text, and music, Bellocchio fashions a melodrama of epic proportions.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Colin Covert Minneapolis Star Tribune (Top Critic)
    100
    Vincere is a thrilling period drama about the power of delusions.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Tom Long Detroit News (Top Critic)
    84
    A passionate, bold look at power, paranoia and betrayal in a little-known corner of history, Vincere is steamy, sad and so Italian it feels like an opera.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • V.A. Musetto New York Post (Top Critic)
    75
    Bellocchio's bigger-than-life story requires over-the-top performances, which are provided by Giovanna Mezzogiorno as Ida and Filippo Timi as the young Mussolini and, later, his grown son.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Jonathan F. Richards Film.com (Top Critic)
    Bellocchio has turned the story of Mussolini's discarded wife and son into a movie that has some of the bully swagger and excess of Il Duce himself.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Mark Peranson Globe and Mail (Top Critic)
    100
    An operatic tour de force.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • James Berardinelli ReelViews (Top Critic)
    75
    The brave and unflinching performance of Giovanna Mezzogiorno is the foundation upon which the bedrock of Vincere rests. She's the heart and soul of the film.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Natasha Senjanovic Hollywood Reporter (Top Critic)
    He creates an intimate mood while alluding to the general feel of the highly chronicled era without going too far over the top or reconstructing elaborate sets.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Glenn Whipp Associated Press (Top Critic)
    Bellocchio tells the film's historical story in an electrifying fashion, mixing in newsreel footage, on-screen slogans and Futurist art, a bit of thunder and lightning and Carlo Crivelli's boom-boom score.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Betsy Sharkey Los Angeles Times (Top Critic)
    70
    An intense and intriguing, if at times uneven, film with Italian director Marco Bellocchio wringing every drop of emotion out of his actors and his audience before it is over.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Jason Best Movie Talk
    It's a real treat to see this provocative examination of the life of fascist dictator Benito Mussolini. As Dalser, Giovanna Mezzogiorno delivers a passionate, ho-holds-barred performance. Filippo Timi is equally good as the bullish, blustering Mussolini.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Brent Simon Shared Darkness
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Joshua Rothkopf Time Out
    80
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Jeffrey Chen Window to the Movies
    90
    The events occur not to tell a narrative, but to illustrate an emotional progress.
    Full Review » 3 years ago