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Academy Award-winner Roberto Benigni adapts the classic children's tale by Carlo Collodi for the big-budget family-oriented comedy Pinocchio. In his usual fashion, Benigni directs and stars, this time as the little puppet boy made out of wood. The familiar story begins as a log of pinewood falls out of a cart and lands in front of woodcarver, Geppetto (Carlo Giuffré), who carves the puppet out of longing for a son. When the puppet begins to come alive and cause trouble, Geppetto is arrested and Pinocchio is left to his own naïve worldview. After getting a stern warning from the Blue Fairy… More

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"The recut American version is truly awful, but a good 75 percent of the awfulness is attributable to Miramax, the film's distributor."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"I can't say this enough: This movie is about an adult male dressed in pink jammies."
‑ Stephen Hunter, Washington Post
"Live-action dubbed puppet story is creepy and lacks humor."
‑ Renee Schonfeld, Common Sense Media
"Better this log-headed Pinocchio had been burned at the stake."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
"What's most incredible is not that Benigni thought that he could pull off a believable wooden puppet who wants to be a boy, nor thet he could turn such a charming story into such a horrifically scary tale, but that the people of Italy love this movie so m"
‑ Michael Szymanski,
"What can one say about a balding 50-year-old actor playing an innocent boy carved from a log?"
‑ Edward Guthmann, San Francisco Chronicle
"Instead of hiding Pinocchio from critics, Miramax should have hidden it from everyone."
‑ Jay Boyar, Orlando Sentinel
"Head-slapping, what-the-f*ck-is-this-for-real? trippiness."
‑ Michael Dequina,
"Every good actor needs to do his or her own Hamlet. For Benigni it wasn't Shakespeare whom he wanted to define his career with but Pinocchio. It might as well have been Problem Child IV."
‑ Ryan Cracknell, Movie Views
"This overproduced piece of dreck is shockingly bad and absolutely unnecessary. Hmmm...might I suggest that the wayward wooden one end it all by stuffing himself into an electric pencil sharpener?"
‑ Frank Ochieng,
"What remains is a variant of the nincompoop Benigni persona, here a more annoying, though less angry version of the irresponsible Sandlerian manchild, undercut by the voice of the star of Road Trip."
‑ Mark Peranson, Village Voice
"An epic turkey, in a league with this year's Swept Away, that must be seen to be believed."
‑ Carrie Rickey, Philadelphia Inquirer
"Like Robin Williams on speed, [Roberto Benigni] darts about the screen showing less restraint than a shark in blood-stained water."
‑ Forrest Hartman, Reno Gazette-Journal
"This is a monumental achievement in practically every facet of inept filmmaking: joyless, idiotic, annoying, heavy-handed, visually atrocious, and often downright creepy."
‑ Matt Brunson, Creative Loafing
"Benigni presents himself as the boy puppet Pinocchio, complete with receding hairline, weathered countenance and American Breckin Meyer's ridiculously inappropriate Valley Boy voice."
‑ David Noh, Film Journal International
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