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Federico Fellini's warmly nostalgic memory piece examines daily life in the Italian village of Rimini during the reign of Mussolini, and won the 1974 Academy Award as Best Foreign Film. The film's greatest asset is its ability to be sweet without being cloying, due in great part to Danilo Donati's surrealistic art direction and to the frequently bawdy injections of sex and politics by screenwriters Fellini and Tonino Guerra. Fellini clearly has deep affection for the people of this seaside village, warts and all, and communicates it through episodic visual anecdotes which are seen… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 91%

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"Continues to resemble something a lewd, grouchy, fitfully indecent silent-movie director might have made for his first time using color and sound. That, at least, would explain the shouting."
‑ Wesley Morris, Boston Globe
"Orthodox Fellini lovers will give primacy to La Strada or La Dolce Vita, but Amarcord has its fans, and it's easy to see why."
‑ Philip Kennicott, Washington Post
"Fellini's ability to compose a frame that oozes baroque drama and vitality is almost unparalleled and Amarcord more or less succeeded for me in evoking a time period through the eyes of a young boy..."
‑ Glenn Dunks, Trespass
"[S]imply nonsensical to me. Fascists are idiots, Catholic priests are clowns -- I agree with this. So why don't I feel it?"
‑ MaryAnn Johanson, Flick Filosopher
"Watching the movie feels like flipping through a cartoon sketchbook of Fellini's vivid remembrances and formative experiences."
‑ Sean Burns, Philadelphia Weekly
"Fellini is so bountiful with incident and observation that he makes most other film makers seem stingy."
‑ Jay Cocks, TIME Magazine
"He [Director Fellini] leaves us with the hope that the human comedy just may be able to survive everything."
‑ Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times
"Sweet and endearing for many, irritating and tedious for others."
‑ Christopher Long, Movie Metropolis
"Bloated, overblown and essentially empty, Fellini's last hit movie skims over the surface of the lives it depicts, substituting manufactured sentiment for genuine feeling or understanding."
‑ Jamie Russell, Film4
"I'm not sure how Amarcord played in the '70s, but now it feels like an affectionate parody of Italian movie conventions."
‑ Chris Hewitt (St. Paul), St. Paul Pioneer Press
"Federico Fellini's films beg to be seen on a movie screen. Their panoramic, overstuffed frames and larger-than-life characters overflow the boundaries of home theater; their exuberant, generous humor is best enjoyed in a packed auditorium."
‑ Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"This Fellini opus is his most accessible to mass audiences since La Dolce Vita."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Seen today, Amarcord is something of a disappointment, clever and moving in places, but also sprawling, undisciplined, clumsy in patches, and decidedly overlong."
‑ Gerald Peary, Boston Phoenix
"Amarcord will make you howl with laughter and then choke back a tear. And all the while you'll be building your own memories of this landmark movie."
‑ Robert W. Butler, Kansas City Star
"Amarcord is Fellini's scrapbook of memories culled from his own life and it is completely engaging and delightful."
‑ Beth Accomando,
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