Caterina in the Big City
Caterina in the Big City (2003)

A 15-year-old provincial girl moves to Rome and finds her new private school is a microcosm of the cultural and political divisions of Italian society. When her parents, Giancarlo and Agata, move from a seaside town in Tuscany to an ailing… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 1, 2003
DVD Release Date: December 20, 2005
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Critic Score: 89% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: This witty movie succeeds as both a modest teen coming-of-age story and a satirical microcosm of Italy's political climate.

Eleanor Ringel Cater
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

On the surface, Caterina in the Big City is like Mean Girls, Italian-style. But it's much more layered than that.

Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune

Though Caterina is unusually well-acted and crafted for this kind of movie ... Giancarlo is the one character who makes the movie special.

David Noh
Film Journal International

A truly wonderful coming-of-age tale, suffused with wit and warmth.

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John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press

Caterina in the City is a coming-of-age story, of course, but its adult characters are also well rendered.

Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald

Played in a manic, volcanic manner by Castellitto, Giancarlo is a constant source of humor and embarrassment.

Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press

The Italian Caterina in the Big City is sloppy, but it's on to something.

Mario Tarradell
Dallas Morning News

It's an adolescent-to-adult drama that never veers into maudlin or sugary territory. There's a realness on screen that translates to any culture.

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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe

It's not a satire, it's a family drama whose social and political thoughts flicker like a neon sign on the fritz. Alas, sentimentality is the movie's pilot light.

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Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan

An odd, and oddly dishonest bird.

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Flixster Audience Score: 77% Flixster User Reviews
Stefanie C
very good coming of age tale set in contemporary day rome. caterina moves from the country and is exposed to alternative vs. preppy (like mean girls) and the… More
Walter M.
[font=Century Gothic]"Caterina in the Big City" starts with Giancarlo(Sergio Castellito), a teacher with dreams of being a writer, finally getting a… More