Umberto D
Umberto D (1952)

In this film, Umberto is a retired civil servant, bereft of friends -- save for his pet dog -- and family. Unable to pay the rent on the shabby room where he has lived for three decades, Umberto is slated for eviction.

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: July 21, 2003
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Critic Score: 96% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times

It's hard to think of a more remarkable tribute to the resilience of the human spirit than the one Umberto D. puts on the screen.

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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post

Heroes like Umberto D. are hard to find, and your life will be better for having met him.

Josh Larsen

...a picture of a man who has been cast into a dehumanizing vortex, largely because of others' indifference.

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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune

One of the great humanist cinema works: a portrayal of age, poverty and simple lives in postwar Rome that is both luminous and heartbreaking.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

It is said that at one level or another, Chaplin's characters were always asking that we love them. Umberto doesn't care if we love him or not. That is why we love him.

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Eric Melin

Even sentimentality is something that springs naturally from the characters' situations. Umberto has an immense amount of pride despite his impoverished conditions and his attempts to survive aren't accompanied by the usual filmic theatrics.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

This simple, almost Chaplinesque story of a man fighting to preserve his dignity is even more moving for its firm grasp of everyday activities.

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Charles Ealy
Dallas Morning News

A slow-moving, gentle movie about the harsh facts of life.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

Umberto D. could have been one of the most depressing movies ever made, but instead it's one of the most heartfelt.

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Wonderful film that's at once inspiring and heart wrenching.
Jennifer D
Ah, Italian Neorealism. This film was alright. The bit with the dog at the end nearly killed me. Ravage a human monstrously and I will be fine. Injure a dog,… More
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I'm getting to the age where I really need to think hard about retirement and how I can afford it. Can't count on Social Security for much. 401K is… More