Life Is Beautiful (La Vita  bella)
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 80%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Yes, there are heaps of charm and poignancy in this trifle, but it's a trifle nonetheless -- light-and-bright, for sure, but also slight-and-trite."
‑ Rick Groen, Globe and Mail
"The lesson that Benigni ultimately imparts is that it's easy to convince a child horror doesn't exist as long as it stays out of the way while the two of you are goofing off."
‑ Paul Tatara,
"Wrenching Holocaust fable with bittersweet humor."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"Sentimental and contrived, Benigni's well-intentioned Holocaust dramedy may only work as a children's fable. Inexplicably, it won a prize at the 1998 Cannes Festival."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"This cross between Schindler's List and Hogan's Heroes works better than it has any right to, but not as well as most people would have you believe."
‑ Carlo Cavagna,
"Its sentiment is inescapable, but genuine poignancy and pathos are also present, and an overarching sincerity is visible too."
‑ Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
"Benigni's movie made me want to throw up."
‑ David Edelstein, Slate
"The film's title, which very well could have been a straightforward declaration prior to the war, becomes a source of twisted irony once we witness Guido pull down the grate outside his humble bookshop and the words JEWISH STORE are seen sprayed across th"
‑ Jordan Hiller,
"Benigni does with the Nazi setting what Chaplin didn't dare in The Great Dictator--he lets the liberating nonsense triumph."
‑ Alan Dale,
"Audiences will be laughing hysterically while crying their eyes out."
‑ Chris Gore, Film Threat
"In the real death camps there would be no role for Guido. But Life Is Beautiful is not about Nazis and Fascists, but about the human spirit."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Roberto Benigni's finest hour arrived in 1997 when the triple-threat writer/director/actor delved deep into Charlie Chaplin territory - see "The Great Dictator" (1940)."
‑ Cole Smithey,
"With Life Is Beautiful, the final frontier of schmaltz has been reached."
‑ Rob Gonsalves,
"Benigni's point, made with tender sensitivity, is that a child's innocence is worth protecting."
‑ Judith Egerton, Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)
"I had thought The Other Sister was appalling in its exploitation of the mentally disabled to grab your entertainment dollar, but that was nothing, NOTHING compared to what the funny little Italian man has wrought."
‑ Ron Wells, Film Threat
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