Umberto D.
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Frequently mentioned on lists of masterpieces of modern cinema, Vittorio De Sica's Umberto D. transforms a simple character study into a painfully poignant drama. Umberto is an aging former civil servant, now retired on his scant government pension. He spends his time in his tiny room in Rome, with only his longtime pet dog for companionship. His lonely life only grows worse when his limited income forces him to fall behind on his rent, leading his landlady to threaten him with eviction. He makes a desperate attempt to raise the needed money and protest the unfair treatment of senior… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 96%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
"Heroes like Umberto D. are hard to find, and your life will be better for having met him."
‑ Ann Hornaday, Washington Post
"...a picture of a man who has been cast into a dehumanizing vortex, largely because of others' indifference."
‑ Josh Larsen, LarsenOnFilm
"A neo-realist classic that is very likely the inspiration for "Wendy and Lucy". The two make for very interesting watching side-by-side."
‑ Louis Proyect, rec.arts.movies.reviews
"De Sica takes a premise that drips with sentimentality and wipes all the sappiness away, leaving only raw action and subtle underlying emotion."
‑ Phil Villarreal, Arizona Daily Star
"One of the great humanist cinema works: a portrayal of age, poverty and simple lives in postwar Rome that is both luminous and heartbreaking."
‑ Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune
"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."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"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."
‑ Eric Melin, Scene-Stealers.com
"Um dos melhores exemplares do neo-realismo italiano, pinta um retrato tocante da miséria do pós-guerra ao mesmo tempo em que, sem qualquer melodrama, cria personagens inesquecíveis em suas dores."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"Brilliant!"
‑ Cole Smithey, ColeSmithey.com
"This simple, almost Chaplinesque story of a man fighting to preserve his dignity is even more moving for its firm grasp of everyday activities."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"A slow-moving, gentle movie about the harsh facts of life."
‑ Charles Ealy, Dallas Morning News
"Umberto D. could have been one of the most depressing movies ever made, but instead it's one of the most heartfelt."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"De Sica somehow manages to avert sentimentality and banality, and his simple storytelling leaves a profound and timeless message."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Like Falconetti as Joan of Arc, Battisti offers one of those rare performances that is so perfectly realized, it automatically negates the possibility of any future roles."
‑ Doug Cummings, Filmjourney
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