Mamma Roma
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In this film, rural Italian hooker Mamma Roma tries to create a new life for herself. This proves impossible when the past keeps rearing its ugly head in the form of her previous "johns." She returns to her old profession, whereupon her son becomes a thief and is killed.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A key transitional work for the cinematic subversive, a seriously damning portrait of maternal martyrdom and, in a killer final shot, upward mobility."
‑ David Fear, Time Out New York
"Pasolini's second film showcases Anna Magnani with a minimum of sentimentality in a bleak, pitiless Eternal City of the early '60s."
‑ Bill Weber, Slant Magazine
"Spectacular in its reverence for the bottom rung of society."
‑ Cole Smithey,
"Volcanic performance by Anna Magnani."
‑ Phil Hall, Wired
"A world at once mundane and monumental for Pier Paolo Pasolini"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"... draws from the neo-realist tradition, but Pasolini goes beyond the tradition to play with the form and structure."
‑ Sean Axmaker, Turner Classic Movies Online
"Because it is sublime, and because the confrontation of many of Pasolini's films can be an intimidation, it is among the controversial director's best films."
‑ Rumsey Taylor, Not Coming to a Theater Near You
"Magnani is the only professional actor in a cast of non-professionals and her overwrought emotional performance contrasts greatly with all the other natural performances."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"But in a sense, Pasolini's was the perfect death for someone who lived on the edge, whose art was raw as it could be."
‑ Brandon Judell, Entertainment Asylum
"The highlight are two long takes in which Magnani walks the nighttime streets of Rome, exhilarating, free-wheeling cinematic moments without close parallels anywhere."
‑ Jake Euker,
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