L'Avventura (The Adventure)
L'Avventura (The Adventure) (1960)

A yacht full of rich people go on a cruise to a small island. The wealthy playboy laments when his flighty girlfriend indicates she is not yet ready to marry and she disappears. Unclear of the reason behind her absence, he follows her with… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: July 3, 2001
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Critic Score: 97% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune

It's easy to bash Antonioni as passe. It's harder, I think, to explain the cinematic power of the way his camera watches, and waits, while the people on screen stave off a dreadful loneliness.

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Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic

The first ten minutes make it clear that this is the work of a discerning, troubled, uniquely gifted artist who speaks to us through the refined center of his art.

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Scott Tobias
The Dissolve

Antonioni's film rewrote the language of cinema, questioning its addiction to storytelling and opening up the possibility for other, more enigmatic and poetic forms of expression.

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Zachary Wigon
L.A. Weekly

Antonioni created, as the Cannes jury put it in 1960, a new language of cinema, one that perfectly expressed a modern alienation that's enduring as well as the film.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

It's a work that requires some patience -- a 145-minute mystery that strategically elides any conventional denouement -- but more than amply repays the effort.

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Eric Melin
Scene-Stealers.com

There are certain things audiences have come to expect from the plots of motion pictures, and even in 2014, L'avventura feels angry and fresh because it upends those expectations gleefully. Being anti-plot doesn't necessarily mean that its plotless.

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Andrew Sarris
Village Voice

A graduate of Screenwriting 1-2 might dismiss this method as casualness or even carelessness, but every shot and bit of business in L'Avventura represents calculation of the highest order.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

If it once seemed the ultimate in arty, intellectually chic movie-making, the film now looks all too studied and remote a portrait of emotional sterility.

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Fernando F. Croce
CinePassion

Always fusing neo-realism with science-fiction, Antonioni's world is one of superficies and emotions hardening into titanium

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danny d
often considered by critics to be one of the 5 or so greatest films in italian cinema history, l'avventura definitely has its strengths, the greatest of… More
Jonathan Hutchings
Many films are called "classic." Very few advance and redefine the language of cinema. L'Avventura is such a film. What it showed was that films… More
Lanning : )
Yes, I know, I said I wouldn't watch this first installment of Antonioni's trilogy, but what the heck. If you've already seen two of the three,… More
AJ Verser
I saw this movie for a class, but I'd like to see it again, I don't remember it well.
Ken Stachnik
I'm not really sure what happened...but it sure was nice to look at.