Il Caimano
Il Caimano (2006)

Controversial Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berluscoi is just one of the targets of writer and director Nanni Moretti's satiric focus in this sharp comedy-drama. In the 1970's, Bruno (Silvio Orlando) was one of Italy's most… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: January 1, 2006
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Critic Score: 39% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Peter Howell
Toronto Star

[Director Moretti] wraps his political agenda with an affecting story about a fading filmmaker whose dreams and beliefs aren't weathering the storms of middle age. If the politics don't get you, the life empathy will.

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Duane Byrge
Hollywood Reporter

A warm family drama pops through the seams of a film within-a-film about Silvio Berlusconi.

Anton Bitel

one can only assume that it was the accumulation of Berlusconi's own indiscretions that cost him the 2006 elections rather than the muted blows of this aimlessly incoherent and over-clever satire.

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Dave Calhoun
Time Out

It's uneven.

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S. James Wegg

... the film-within-the film wraps, but the willful manipulation of honest citizens continues unabated.

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Philip French
Observer (UK)

Telling moments occur here and there, but there is a slack randomness to the movie, the attack on Berlusconi is unfocused and Bruno is too weak to sustain the film.

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Globe and Mail

A familiarity with the vagaries of Italian politics in the last 20 years is a help, but not a necessity, to appreciate this fascinating at times farcical blend of domestic drama and political rumination.

Jim Slotek
Jam! Movies

An unfocused mess of a movie that fairly throws its hands in the air in the final act, rather than chug along to a conclusion.

Ian Johns
Times (UK)

Some moments amuse but one's left wishing that Moretti had ditched his film-within-a-film framework and made either a documentary or a domestic drama.

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