Baarža (2009)

Giuseppe Tornatore directed this grand-scale portrait of life and love over several decades in a small town in Sicily. The Torrenuovas are a family of peasant shepherds who have lived and worked in Bagheria though many generations. In the… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: September 25, 2009
DVD Release Date: October 18, 2011
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Critic Score: 55% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
John Hartl
Seattle Times

The picture does have its plodding moments - but there's enough left over for the rest of us to have a reasonably good time.

Ellen E Jones
Total Film

Baaria is like a pleasant package holiday: alfresco dinners, strolls through lemon orchards.

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Peter Bradshaw

It's a colossal Stella Artois ad.

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Trevor Johnston
Time Out

It's a shame Tornatore's movie, impressive statement though it is, never musters the emotional potency that would make it really special.

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Allan Hunter
Daily Express (UK)

If you have ever smiled at a Bertoli commercial it could be just the film for you.

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Ian Freer
Empire Magazine

Although at times it feels a little too packed, taking a closer look into fascist times, war and the notorious Italian mafia through the eyes of every day people is refreshing.

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Simon Miraudo

I'm all for bloated, confusing, directorial vanity projects like Synecdoche New York and 8 1/2. But Synecdoche New York and 8 1/2 this ain't.

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Alistair Harkness

All sweep, no substance.

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Robbie Collin
News of the World

There are massive crowd scenes, bombing raids, mafia dramas and nostalgia by the skipload. A film about one or two of these things might have been decent. This film touches on all of them, and ends up being about nothing.

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Flixster Audience Score: 50% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalh„es
Baarža is an involving autobiographical drama with good performances, but I feel disappointed at Ennio Morricone's ordinary score and how unnecessarily… More
Andre Tavares Simoni
The film recounts life in the Sicilian town of Baarža, from the 1920s to the 1980s, through the eyes of lovers Peppino (Francesco Scianna) and Mannina… More
Cynthia S.
Oh how I wanted to really like an Italian film. I guess that this was not the movie that was going to convince me that Italian filmmakers have talent. I had a… More
Walter M.
"Baaria" starts in a small town in Sicily in Fascist Italy with young Peppino Torrenuova(Francesco Scianna) agreeing to buy a pack of cigarettes for… More