I Am Love
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This lavish, sprawling drama from filmmaker Luca Guadagnino has drawn numerous comparisons to the films of Luchino Visconti for the grace with which it plumbs the inner workings of the Italian upper crust. Edoardo Recchi Sr. (Gabriele Ferzetti) is the aging patriarch of a Milanese clan that has amassed a significant fortune over the years through shrewd investments in the textile business. Edoardo Sr. has a beautiful wife, Allegra (Marisa Berenson), and the two have a reliable and dependable son, Tancredi (Pippo Delbono). Years ago, Tancredi met, fell in love with, and then married a woman… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 80%

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"The grand architecture of Milan and the icy rhythms of composer John Adams set the tone for this elegant Italian drama about the suffocating power of family, wealth, and tradition."
‑ J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
"If you're not in the mood, the whole thing will probably seem pretty silly. But if you are -- oh, if you are -- I Am Love may be the richest, tastiest truffle you're likely to savor all summer."
‑ Ty Burr, Boston Globe
"anybody who wants to experience cinema at its most cinematic and grand should rush and experience it for themselves. It is a truly stunning motion picture and one that ranks as the best film 2010 has so far offered."
‑ Glenn Dunks, Trespass
"The marriage of music and image seldom gets better than this."
‑ S. James Wegg, JWR
"Though a flimsy melodrama -- so overdone that it often collapses under filmmaker Luca Guadagnino's ineffable sense of bloat -- Swinton saves the day."
‑ Kimberly Gadette, Indie Movies Online
"There's no getting around the fact that this is elegant soap opera,. It won't appeal to every taste. But it's sensational to look at, powerfully acted, and delivers a bang for the emotional buck."
‑ Jonathan F. Richards, Film.com
"The overripe ending, heated by the percolating music of John Adams, is heavy seasoning on a delicate dish."
‑ Joe Williams, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"The predictable end, which comes with an abruptness that feels altogether too constructed, completes the fantasy of transgression that's at the heart of the movie's appeal, however elaborate the trappings."
‑ Nicolas Rapold, Film Comment Magazine
"For me the obvious attempts at enhancing lushness, rapture, and emotional swings were not connecting. I couldn't help noticing it was trying too hard."
‑ Jeffrey Chen, ReelTalk Movie Reviews
"Tilda Swinton shines in overcooked melodrama."
‑ Don Groves, sbs.com.au
"Despite a superb cast and a fabulous look, the picture collapses under the weight of its lofty pretensions, especially in the black hole of the last act, where it topples into near-absurdity."
‑ Rick Groen, Globe and Mail
"An intimate, quiet and even slow movie, its subtle shadings veil turbulent emotions."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"...a frustratingly uneven bit of over-the-top filmmaking..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"Tilda Swinton is both imperious and vulnerable ... in this lush romantic melodrama that harks back to the heady days of Visconti and Antonioni."
‑ Jason Best, Movie Talk
"A high class soap opera"
‑ Robert Roten, Laramie Movie Scope
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