L' Amico di Famiglia (The Family Friend) (Friend of the Family)
L' Amico di Famiglia (The Family Friend) (Friend of the Family) (2006)

In writer/director Paolo Sorrentino's second feature, The Family Friend (L'Amico di Famiglia), Giacomo Rizzo stars as Geremia de Geremei, a sixtysomething tailor who lives with his mother in a disgusting and decrepit flat. Though… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: May 25, 2006
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Critic Score: 75% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Richard Porton
Chicago Reader

Endlessly infatuated with its own cinematic flamboyance, Paolo Sorrentino's latest aims for profundity but has no more substance than the average flashy TV commercial.

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Jay Weissberg

Paolo Sorrentino's third feature The Family Friend expands the maverick helmer's singular vision, though this time he's crafted a more complex world to illustrate his philosophy: everyone steals, and everyone is unhappy.

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Tom Dawson
Total Film

Wrangling the characters in vividly coloured tableaux, he dazzles the viewer with an array of enigmatic images.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

All the surface style is properly wrapped around ideas of substance.

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Anton Bitel
Eye for Film

Sorrentino is often accused of being all style and no substance, but on the contrary his films are carefully built around the contrast between surface appearances and hidden depths.

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David Jenkins
Little White Lies

Cuts a fine balance between the stylised and the austere.

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Ray Bennett
Hollywood Reporter

The film fails singularly to provide any character worth caring about.

Sam Jordison

For many directors this would be counted as a considerable success, but from the director of The Consequences Of Love, it seems like a disappointment. It's smart, it looks great and there are fantastic characters, but the motive power just isn't there.

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Tom Dawson

A single viewing doesn't do justice to this film's singular visual imagination.

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Flixster Audience Score: 72% Flixster User Reviews
Gordon Anderson
Unusual and uneven tale of an unattractive small time loan shark and his trouble with women. Admittedly stunning visual style and left field music can't… More