Il Divo
Il Divo (2009)

Award-winning filmmaker Paolo Sorrentino (The Family Friend) writes and directs this cinematic portrait of seven-time Italian prime minister Giulio Andreotti, whose controversial legacy peaked when he was tried for Mafia ties and… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: April 23, 2009
DVD Release Date: October 27, 2009
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Critic Score: 92% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: While the web of corruption in this Italian political thriller can be hard for a non-native to follow, the visuals and the intrigue are compelling and thrilling in equal measure.

Jonathan F. Richards

The film takes flight on the brilliant title performance by Tony Servillo (Gomorrah), who plays Andreotti like a mummified Alec Guinness, as if encased in layers of plaster of Paris.

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Kerry Lengel
Arizona Republic

The enigmatic Andreotti is the perfect subject for a biopic in the European tradition.

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Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight

A fascinating history of recent Italian politics.

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Peter Howell
Toronto Star

We may not know the man, but we know the dance, as seen in the highly diverting and hugely controversial Il Divo, a biopic as wly as its subject.

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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer

All in all, this phenomenal film illustrates Alexis de Tocqueville's observation that "The people get the government they deserve." In both meanings of the word, Il Divo is sensational.

Sean Axmaker

... not so much a savage satire as one disenchanted with the institutional corruption of politics.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

After I saw Il Divo, I suppose I should have felt indignation. I suppose I should also have felt that way after "The Godfather." But such films present such mesmerizing figures that I simply regard them, astonished.

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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe

Il Divo joins Matteo Garrone's more expansive, more extraordinary Gomorrah -- which contains an even better performance from Servillo -- as a grim portrait of the trouble with modern Italy.

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Sarah Boslaugh

... Sorrentino avoids the dreary conventions of the biopic in favor of a cheeky mix of music montages, dramatic re-enactments and hilariously deadpan takes ....

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Flixster Audience Score: 80% Flixster User Reviews
Stefanie C
A brilliant film based on the complex and enigmatic character of Andreotti, and Italy itself. The Italian political scene during the Christian Democrats'… More
Walter M.
"Il Divo" is a stylish political thriller about Giulio Andreotti(Toni Servillo), the seven-time Prime Minister of Italy, starting in the late… More
Alice Shen
Excellent music/sound editing and a deft portrayal by Toni Servillo that is at once comical and sad. Not being at all familiar with Andreotti's reign of… More
Daniel Parsons
I'm sorry, and I am obviously in a tiny minority here, but I found <i>Il Divo</i>, largely, incredibly tedious, frustrating, annoying. No… More
Gordon Anderson
Sorrentino delivers another imaginative, original take on a potentially dry topic. I couldn't claim to understand all the ins and outs of the Italian… More
Kyle S
One of the best biopics I have ever seen.