La Dolce Vita
La Dolce Vita (1960)

In this Federico Fellini film, Marcello Mastrioanni stars as Fellini's alter ego, here depicted as a gossip columnist. Having left his dreary provincial existence behind, Mastrioanni wanders through an ultra-modern, ultra-sophisticated,… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 1, 1960
DVD Release Date: September 21, 2004
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Critic Score: 97% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: An epic, breathtakingly stylish cinematic landmark, La Dolce Vita remains riveting in spite of -- or perhaps because of -- its sprawling length.

Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic

Fellini has set out to move us with the depravity of contemporary life and has chosen what seems to me a poor method: cataloging sins. Very soon we find ourselves thinking: Is that all?

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

The film was hugely successful and widely praised in its time, though it's really nothing more than the old C.B. De Mille formula of titillation and moralizing.

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Barbara Shulgasser
Common Sense Media

'60s Fellini classic has sex, drinking, suicide.

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David Fear
Time Out

Everything has changed, and nothing has changed. How sour it still is.

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Time Out

There are perhaps a couple of party scenes too many, and the peripheral characters can be unconvincing, but the stylish cinematography and Fellini's bizarre, extravagant visuals are absolutely riveting.

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Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight

A lovely Italian palette that questions if we can settle down to a life of struggle without having first lived life at its best.

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Perhaps many spectators will squirm at the three-hour length of the film or of some of its sequences (though director Federico Fellini cut some 30 minutes from his final print), yet others will never notice they've sat that long.

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Richard Nilsen
Arizona Republic

[An] epic of anomie.

Matthew Connolly
Slant Magazine

What is happiness within the film's world? Fellini offers no easy answers.

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Flixster Audience Score: 90% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalhães
Told in a brilliant episodic structure, this fascinating character study is the truest definition of Felliniesque: an exceptional film that is magical in its… More
Chris Weber
This doesn't happen very often, but I must say, I'm rather baffled. I'm not sure how I truly feel about this movie. I don't know if I truly… More
Bruce Bruce
Italian Movie about a player that in 1960 must have raised eyebrows, I didnt enjoy it 1 star
Jim Hunter
A gossip columnist has a raucous time of it in Rome with various starlets and high society types. I dreaded seeing this film because I found most of… More
Lucas Martins
Essential surrealist film, La Dolce Vita is an early critique to press photography, bourgeois society, special attention to stars and social decadence.
Aj V
This is a classic Italian film from Fellini, and I liked it, but I don't think it's his best film. It has a good cast, but the story could have been… More

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