Dormant Beauty
Dormant Beauty (2014)

Isabelle Huppert (AMOUR, THE PIANO TEACHER) and Toni Servillo (THE GREAT BEAUTY, GOMORRAH) star in Italian master Bellocchio's compelling ensemble drama in which characters in three interrelated storylines struggle with the moral… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: October 27, 2014
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Critic Score: 83% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: As complex and compelling a work as its ripped-from-the-headlines storyline deserves, Dormant Beauty serves as a delightfully thorny testament to director Marco Bellocchio and his talented cast.

Keith Staskiewicz
Entertainment Weekly

It's well acted and gorgeously and tenebrously shot.

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Mark Jenkins

Unlike most movies that rely on TV-news reports to drive the story, Dormant Beauty is complex and humane, and never shrinks to mere spectacle.

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Oliver Lyttelton
The Playlist

"Dormant Beauty" is well-written, beautifully performed, and nicely made, if a good 15 minutes overlong. But we couldn't help but feel, given how controversial it proved in advance, that it should've been willing to go a little closer to the edge.

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Michael Sragow
Orange County Register

The film pits their honest passion against the stylized desperation of the actress' religious theater and the decadent hollowness of Berlusconi's political theater.

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Ignatiy Vishnevetsky
AV Club

Though the movie eschews facile sloganeering, few of its characters or narrative threads are able to develop beyond their function as metaphors.

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Stuart Klawans
The Nation

Bellocchio may sometimes shut these characters in their rooms, but his view of them all is as open in mind and spirit as a film can be.

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A.O. Scott
New York Times

If "Dormant Beauty" does not rank among Mr. Bellocchio's best movies, it nonetheless still occasionally shows him at his best.

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Farran Smith Nehme
New York Post

Swift and often compelling, it's also blessedly unbiased.

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Jared Eisenstat
Film Comment Magazine

Despite the awkward narrative structure, the choppy film serves as a welcome showcase for ably understated performances from veteran Toni Servillo and rising talent Alba Rohrwacher, and a coolly burning Isabelle Huppert.

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Just as Italy is torn over a comatose woman being taken off of life support, Uliano(Toni Servillo), a senator, is called back to Rome for a very important vote… More