Tea With Mussolini
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Based in part on his autobiography, director Franco Zeffirelli's Tea With Mussolini is a drama with comic accents about a group of British and American travelers on an indefinite visit to Italy in 1935, when, as one character puts it, "Mussolini was just a man who made the trains run on time." Luca (played by Charlie Lucas) is a boy living in Florence whose family situation is precarious at best; his mother has died and his father has little time for him. Fortunately, he's a welcome guest with Mary (Joan Plowright), a English woman visiting Italy to soak up European culture.… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 65%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A collection of isolated, anecdotal events that are as warmly amusing as they are lacking in narrative drive."
‑ Michael Dequina, TheMovieReport.com
"This satisfying film reveals the ways in which a village can successfully raise a child."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"If you want some light and charming entertainment and are attuned to Zeffirelli's rather conventional approach to the medium, then you can have a very good time."
‑ Arthur Lazere, culturevulture.net
"A soothingly old-fashioned, deeply sentimental memory piece."
‑ David Noh, Film Journal International
"The banter, jealousy and cattiness among these charming stereotypes of the Anglo-American lifestyle sweepstakes makes much of this engaging film a winner."
‑ S. James Wegg, JWR
"Cher shines with the spirit of 'Life is Beautiful.'"
‑ Ross Anthony, Hollywood Report Card
"A ridiculous movie..."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Art and suffocating tastefulness are taken as such inherent goods in [this film] that they utterly overwhelm the real people whom the film pretends to showcase."
‑ Nick Davis, Nick's Flick Picks
"Cher, in a role ideally suited to her natural flamboyance, sparkles."
‑ James Sanford, Kalamazoo Gazette
"The latest in the English-Speaking People Who Discover Themselves in Tuscany genre"
‑ Carlo Cavagna, AboutFilm.com
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