Avanti! (1972)

An uptight businessman travels to Italy where he falls in love with the daughter of his late father's mistress.

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Rated: R
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Release Date: January 1, 1972
DVD Release Date: July 15, 2003
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Critic Score: 87% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Geoff Andrew
Time Out

Marvellous performances from Lemmon and Mills.

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A.H. Weiler
New York Times

Intermittently funny, charming, cute and, unfortunately, over-long.

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TV Guide

A delightful romantic comedy, Billy Wilder style, meaning that its romanticism is curdled and its comedy is amusingly dark.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

Avanti! isn't a laugh-a-minute kind of a movie, and it's too long by maybe half an hour.

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Tony Macklin
Bright Lights Film Journal

There is a lot of Billy Wilder in [Avanti!], including the idea that age is a state of mind. The film doesn't all work, [but] when the rigid Armbruster warms up on a sunny rock,... Wilder is telling us something that is more than just fun.

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Steve Crum

Weak Billy Wilder is worth a watch.

Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

This 1972 release is the most underrated of all Billy Wilder comedies and arguably the one that comes closest to the sweet mastery and lilting grace of his mentor, Ernst Lubitsch.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

Wilder justifies this film's length (144 minutes) with its loving, carefree and even relaxing Italian vacation atmosphere.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

It has many delightfully absurd moments in which Jack Lemmon and Brit actress Juliet Mills thoroughly exploit to the fullest.

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Lady D'arbanville
Avanti! is the first Jack Lemmon film that I was slightly irritated by, it's incredibly drawn out and could have been condensed to a much more watchable… More
Aj V
Another funny comedy with Jack Lemmon falling in love in Italy. Again he is directed by Wilder, and the result is a good comedy. If you're a fan of… More
Byron Brubaker
Another one of the many films Wilder made with Jack Lemmon. Lemmon is a high strung American executive always in a hurry and unable to understand the Italian… More