Italian for Beginners
Italian for Beginners (2001)

The Dogma 95 movement has seen some searing looks into the human condition but rarely a romantic comedy -- until now. Veteran Danish filmmaker Lone Scherfig spins this deadpan look at a group of lovelorn outsiders living in a grey corner of… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: September 1, 2001
DVD Release Date: October 15, 2002
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Critic Score: 88% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Unlike many romantic comedies, the charming Italian for Beginners feels natural and genuinely heart-warming.

Richard Porton
Chicago Reader

Scherfig manages to elicit excellent performances from a talented cast.

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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune

A rarity: a humane picture about modern romance among believable adults.

John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews

a lightweight story about matchmaking, the characters make it worth the journey.

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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune

Scherfig, who has had a successful career in TV, tackles more than she can handle.

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel

[Scherfig] has made a movie that will leave you wondering about the characters' lives after the clever credits roll.

Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

Romantic, often comic but certainly for grownups.

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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News

An engaging Danish movie that rises from the ashes of loneliness and despair to spread feelings of happiness across the screen.

Andrew Sarris
New York Observer

The combination of lightness and strictness in this instance gives Italian for Beginners an amiable aimlessness that keeps it from seeming predictably formulaic.

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Jason Gorber
Film Scouts

At the core a sweet, enjoyable movie that even the most casual movie-goer would enjoy.

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Flixster Audience Score: 78% Flixster User Reviews
paul sandberg
A Danish film from 2001 billed as a "romantic comedy", Italian for Beginners is not really a comedy at all, but a nice introspective look into our… More
Alice Shen
Sweet movie with some implausible, yet tolerable, coincidences. My first Dogme film and now I'm certainly more curious about the movement.
John Ballantine
Very strong effort. It is interesting how strong the connection is between Scandanavians and Italians and this is one is very a very well crafted study of that… More