Cinema Paradiso (Nuovo Cinema Paradiso)
Cinema Paradiso (Nuovo Cinema Paradiso) (1988)

Cinema Paradiso offers a nostalgic look at films and the effect they have on a young boy who grows up in and around the title village movie theater in this Italian comedy drama that is based on the life and times of screenwriter/director… More

Rated: R
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Release Date: October 17, 1988
DVD Release Date: February 18, 2003
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Critic Score: 90% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Cinema Paradiso is a life-affirming ode to the power of youth, nostalgia, and the the movies themselves.

Guy Lodge
Time Out

Returning to cinemas in spiffily remastered form ... the film retains its wide-eyed charm, pitched halfway between unrestrained romanticism and unknowing kitsch.

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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press

The film's final hour, where nearly all the previous unseen material resides, is unconvincing soap opera that Tornatore was right to cut.

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Larushka Ivan-Zadeh
Metro (UK)

A cinema-lover's delight.

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Tom Keogh
Seattle Times

The heightened symmetry of this new/old Cinema Paradiso makes the film a fuller experience, like an old friend haunted by the exigencies of time.

Ann Hornaday
Washington Post

Still rapturous after all these years, Cinema Paradiso stands as one of the great films about movie love.

James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk

That balance of the ideal and the tragic weaves all throughout Cinema Paradiso, which is epic in terms of the time frame it covers, but feels consistently intimate

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Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle

In the director's cut, the film is not only a love song to the movies but it also is more fully an example of the kind of lush, all-enveloping movie experience it rhapsodizes.

Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle

This director's cut -- which adds 51 minutes -- takes a great film and turns it into a mundane soap opera.

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Mark Kermode
Observer (UK)

Recent changes to cinema which have seen the projectionist's art sidelined in the digital age add a further layer of poignancy to the magical memories.

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Flixster Audience Score: 97% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalh„es
The theatrical version is definitely great, a wonderful homage to Cinema, but the extended director's cut is a new and altogether different experience that… More
Jonathan Hutchings
After viewing the director's cut of Cinema Paradiso, I can understand why Giuseppe Tornatore decided to cut most of the third act -- some scenes are… More
Louis Rogers
(For the original, shorter cut)
Daniel Mumby
The increasing abundance of films about films, such as The Artist, Hugo and Super 8, gives us a chance to reflect on similarly self-reflexive efforts which have… More
paul oh
A filmmaker's film made with love and appreciation for the art, Cinema Paradiso is a beautiful piece of cinema that's unforgettable!
Daniel Perry
A sentimental gem. No one makes an emotional film better than the Italians do, and among the Italians, I'm wondering if Tornatore's the best. This… More

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