Ladri di Biciclette (The Bicycle Thief) (Bicycle Thieves)
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Ladri di Biciclette (The Bicycle Thief) (Bicycle Thieves)
This movie had tremendous influence on the development of Italian neorealist cinema and is considered one of the best films ever made. The simple but riveting story centers on the desperate search of an impoverished Roman bill poster for the man who stole his much-needed bicycle.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 98%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The work of screenwriter Cesare Zavattini, director Vittorio De Sica, the nonprofessional actors, and many others is so charged with a common purpose that there's no point in even trying to separate their achievements."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"The picture is a pure exercise in directorial virtuosity."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"The Bicycle Thief does have a certain ramshackle simplicity, quietness, and even naivete that are not unwelcome as a change from the stunning noise, ingenuity, and sophistication of Hollywood."
‑ William Poster, The Nation
"One of the highlights of Italian Neo-realism and a landmark of humanist cinema, Vittorio de Sica's film won the best foreign language Oscar"
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Easily one of the greatest and most important movies in cinematic history."
‑ Radheyan Simonpillai,
"Undeniably the most important neorealist film after Rossellini's Open City."
‑ Don Druker, Chicago Reader
"This film manages to appeal to the better angels of our nature in a way that only deepens as we grow older along with the film."
‑ Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
"...captures, in elemental strokes, the crushing of the human spirit at the hands of poverty, indifference and despair."
‑ Josh Larsen, LarsenOnFilm
"Enzo Staioli is an absolute revelation as son Bruno. With a mop of irrepressible hair that even a downpour of rain cannot long suppress, Bruno is a 7-year-old fellow pilgrim and witness to the joyous and heartbreaking events - the film's silent narrator."
‑ Christopher Lloyd, Sarasota Herald-Tribune
"Suffice it to say that if you've never seen The Bicycle Thief you're deficient in your appreciation of what film can do and you should not let the chance to see a newly struck print pass you by."
‑ Shawn Levy, Oregonian
"De Sica carefully balances a generally tragic sensibility with a quiet undercurrent of hope, all the while sucking us into the story with the sheer urgency of the search for a stolen bicycle."
‑ Hank Sartin, Time Out
"It's a title you simply must watch, not necessarily for the truths it packs but rather for the bombed-out buildings of postwar Italy, peripheral details that director Vittorio De Sica insisted on."
‑ Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out New York
"[VIDEO ESSAY] Vittorio De Sica advanced Italian neorealist cinema in 1948 with a modest story about a family man trying to get back the bicycle that was stolen from him."
‑ Cole Smithey,
"Bleak black-and-white classic isn't likely to interest kids."
‑ Charles Cassady, Common Sense Media
"It's refreshing to actually watch the film and remember how delightfully easy it is to watch."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid