I Clowns (The Clowns)
I Clowns (The Clowns) (2001)

The culmination of filmmaker Federico Fellini's lifelong love affair with circus folk was his 1971 The Clowns (I clowns). Fellini's alter ego this time is a young boy, taking in his first circus (again, we're treated to the… More

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Rated: G
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Release Date: February 22, 2011
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Vincent Canby
New York Times

It's not that The Clowns is not a good deal of fun, or that it is boring; it's just that -- to me, anyway -- this sort of coda doesn't do justice to the entire career.

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Cole Smithey

Not Fellini's best, but Fellini nevertheless.

Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

This is artful and sometimes very amusing, but it doesn't work as fiction because Fellini is tied to facts, and it doesn't work as documentary because Fellini will not (cannot?) abandon his gift of giving the raw material an artistic shape.

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TV Guide's Movie Guide

This is the film's ultimate message: don't think so much and just try to have some fun.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

The gorgeous, affectionate sequences outweigh the awkward ones, and The Clowns is an overall success.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Valentine to the world of clowns.

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Eric Broome
"The Clowns" was partly made for Italian television, so perhaps it shouldn't be measured against other Federico Fellini films. Regardless,… More

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