Teorema (Theorem)
Teorema (Theorem) (1968)

Terence Stamp is known only as "The Visitor" in Pier Paolo Pasolini's Teorema. The mysterious stranger insinuates himself into the home of a wealthy Italian family, where he exerts a curious, sensual spirituality over everyone… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: October 4, 2005
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Critic Score: 89% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Variety Staff
Variety

The narrative, almost silent in the first half, is unusually clear for a film by Pasolini. Performance by all members of the cast are praiseworthy, though Stamp dominates the first half and Betti, the second.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

I don't feel ready to write about this mysterious film; perhaps, a week from now, I'll decide it is very bad, a failure. But perhaps it is the most brilliant work yet by that strange director, Pier Paolo Pasolini.

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Derek Malcolm
This is London

The film, made in 1968, was provocative then and remains so now. But it doesn't elucidate its ambivalent moral secrets easily.

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Time Out

What would be pretentious and strained in the hands of most directors, with Pasolini takes on an intense air of magical revelation.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

Apart from his final feature, Salo, this is probably Pier Paolo Pasolini's most controversial film, and to my mind one of his very best.

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Peter Bradshaw
Guardian

It is as if Pasolini has imagined how Italy's bland, complacent, stagnant governing class could be blown wide open: like putting a hundredweight of dynamite in the San Andreas fault.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

The movie itself is the message, a series of cool, beautiful, often enigmatic scenes that flow one into another with the rhythm of blank verse.

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Philip French
Observer [UK]

Arguably Pasolini's most finely wrought work, an allegory bringing together his central preoccupations with politics, sexuality, society, art and the irredeemable inauthenticity of bourgeois life.

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Philip Kemp
Total Film

Pasolini creates an ethereal mood - and Stamp, smiling ineffably,has never been better.

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Flixster Audience Score: 81% Flixster User Reviews
Aditya Gokhale
Pier Paolo Pasolini's "Teorema" had me dumbfounded! It was one of those rare instances where I was unable to formulate a clear opinion of what I… More
Apeneck Fletcher
A very Christian rumination: what is the meaning of life? Pasolini poetically, lyrically offers the Book of Ecclessiates by Solomon (" ... everything is… More
Greg S
A mysterious young buck visits a wealthy household, makes love to the father, son, mother, wife, and housekeeper and then leaves; all of them are lost without… More
AJ Verser
Another strange movie from Pasolini, about a strange visitor and the strange things he does like having everyone fall in love with him! Interesting concept,… More
Stefanie C
Arresting and profound! The film begins with the ending. Stamp acts as an awakener to the pseudo-existence of the bourgeoisie. Stamp's character can be… More
Robert C
My first Pasolini film and I have to say I was both impressed and a little disapointed at the same time. A film that (when taken at face value) could be simply… More