Tea With Mussolini
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Taken from a chapter in the autobiography of acclaimed filmmaker Franco Zeffirelli, TEA WITH MUSSOLINI is written by British novelist and playwright John Mortimer and Zeffirelli, drawing on the latter's published memoirs. The film tells of Luca Innocenti (born out of wedlock and not officially recognized by his father) and his struggle to assert his independence and find his way into a life of art. The coming-of-age tale is also a haunting evocation of a vanished world: that of the quiet city of Florence on the brink of World War II. Judi Dench, Joan Plowright and Maggie Smith portray the… 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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