I Racconti di Canterbury (The Canterbury Tales)
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I Racconti di Canterbury (The Canterbury Tales)
Italian director Pier Pasolini tells four of the Chaucer tales in this graphic and satirical picture that chronicles the 14th-century's social, sexual, and religious standards in England. In Pasolini's Trilogy of Life, this second entry follows The Decameron and precedes The Arabian Nights. ~ Kristie Hassen, Rovi

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 63%

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"If Pasolini had something more than grubby fantasy on his mind -- and presumably he did -- it isn't immediately apparent."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"Robust and smart, much like its more expansive source material."
‑ Gregory Weinkauf, New Times
"the brash, arguably campy manner in which Pasolini transcribes Chaucer's medieval bawdiness to the screen, coupled with the film's various technical faults (particularly the lousy dubbed dialogue), tends to make the film a chore to watch."
‑ James Kendrick, Q Network Film Desk
"In contrast to the Italy of Pasolini's Decameron, the England of The Canterbury Tales is much more harsh in its treatment of vice of all kinds."
‑ Leo Goldsmith, Not Coming to a Theater Near You
"After the formidable commercial success of his bawdy Decameron, Pier Pasolini applied the same formula to Geoffrey Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales with somewhat less appealing results."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"It can be hard going at times, especially with the post-production dubbing of sound and the blank, detached acting Pasolini demanded, but it also contains some very funny and superbly-shot sequences."
‑ , Film4
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