Tetro
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On the heels of the self-financed, modestly budgeted 2007 drama Youth Without Youth -- his first directorial outing after a ten-year hiatus -- filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola remains situated in the director's chair for this semi-autobiographical family drama concerning an artistic family of immigrants whose fierce rivalries span several generations. Vincent Gallo stars with newcomer Alden Ehrenreich, with Carmen Maura, Maribel Verdú, and Alden Ehrenreich rounding out the cast. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 71%

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"Unabashedly theatrical and richly cinematic, even when it's falling apart..."
‑ Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune
"What threatens to be a mere exercise in style proves to be as involving as it is inventive."
‑ Calvin Wilson, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"It's a deeply personal picture that's overflowing with exuberance and passion and is the director's best work in over twenty years."
‑ Philip Concannon, The Skinny
"Funny, haunting, strange and striking in equal measure, Tetro is a triumph that reconfirms Francis Ford Coppola's position as one of the great American filmmakers..."
‑ Peter Sobczynski, eFilmCritic.com
"Stylish, involving and intensely personal, the film really gets under the skin with its emotional story and powerfully visual tone."
‑ Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall
"Tetro is a movie filled with splashes of brilliance rather than being a plain brilliant movie."
‑ David Jenkins, Time Out
"While Coppola seems revitalized by quoting from movies he studied at UCLA film school, what ultimately makes Tetro so compelling is the filmmaker's return to the motifs that made his 1970s films powerful."
‑ Stephen Cole, Globe and Mail
"A dazzling stylistic exercise, Francis Ford Coppola's Tetro pays tribute to great bygone European filmmakers."
‑ Mark Jenkins, NPR.org
"There is not enough dramatic tension to sustain the film for two hours and conjectures about the Coppola family saga are really extraneous to the experience of Tetro."
‑ Marjorie Baumgarten, Austin Chronicle
"Coppola may be working on, for him, a smallish budget (reportedly around $15 million) but that doesn't mean his usual craftsmanship has abated. The film is sleekly shot and edited."
‑ Geoffrey Macnab, Uncut Magazine [UK]
"Tetro is, in many ways, a thematic and spiritual cousin to Rumble Fish, another tale of an innocent who idolizes his older brother and craves his affection more than he should."
‑ Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald
"What makes it eminently watchable is the craft. Cinematographer Mihai Malaimare Jr. films in luscious widescreen monochrome that looks almost wet. Osvaldo Golijov's score is another pleasure."
‑ Peter Howell, Toronto Star
"Shot mostly in a chiaroscuro black and white, with color interludes for the flashbacks and for surreal ballet sequences in the mode of Michael Powell's The Red Shoes, Tetro rewards the eye."
‑ Peter Keough, Boston Phoenix
"Incidents take a back seat to the main event, which is Francis Ford Coppola swooshing ideas and feelings about fathers, sons, blood ties and artistic accomplishment around in a big wine glass."
‑ Dave White, Movies.com
"Coppola's fascination with family ties and guilty secrets is at the heart of a grandiose but half-baked saga that doffs its cap to the florid theatricality of Powell and Pressburger and Sixties Italian classics such as La Dolce Vita."
‑ Allan Hunter, Daily Express
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