L'Avventura (1960)

This exceptional Italian mystery offers potent comments upon life in the bourgeoisie class and upon the isolation sometimes suffered by people in love. The tale begins when a girl suddenly vanishes during a yachting trip. Her lover and her… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: June 29, 1960
DVD Release Date: July 3, 2001
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Critic Score: 95% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: L'Avventura marks a bewitchingly ambiguous milestone in Antonioni's career -- and European cinema in general.

Richard Brody
New Yorker

Rightly considered to be a cinematic landmark.

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Andrew Sarris
Village Voice

A graduate of Screenwriting 1-2 might dismiss this method as casualness or even carelessness, but every shot and bit of business in L'Avventura represents calculation of the highest order.

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David Stratton
At the Movies (Australia)

Antonioni's cool, beautifully photographed film isn't really a mystery and certainly not a thriller. Audiences over the years have delighted in deciding what it really is all about.

Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune

It's easy to bash Antonioni as passe. It's harder, I think, to explain the cinematic power of the way his camera watches, and waits, while the people on screen stave off a dreadful loneliness.

Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic

The first ten minutes make it clear that this is the work of a discerning, troubled, uniquely gifted artist who speaks to us through the refined center of his art.

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Margaret Pomeranz
At the Movies (Australia)

The film just looks great. That black and white cinematography is just divine.

Zachary Wigon
L.A. Weekly

Antonioni created, as the Cannes jury put it in 1960, a new language of cinema, one that perfectly expressed a modern alienation that's enduring as well as the film.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

It's a work that requires some patience -- a 145-minute mystery that strategically elides any conventional denouement -- but more than amply repays the effort.

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David Parkinson
Empire Magazine

For those who love obscure European cinema this is one of the true masterpieces.

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Flixster Audience Score: 88% Flixster User Reviews
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Aj V
I saw this movie for a class, but I'd like to see it again, I don't remember it well.
Carlos Magalh„es
I really admire what Antonioni is trying to do here, even though it seems like he doesn't always go for the right choices, making the romance feel a bit… More
danny d
often considered by critics to be one of the 5 or so greatest films in italian cinema history, l'avventura definitely has its strengths, the greatest of… More
Jonathan Hutchings
Many films are called "classic." Very few advance and redefine the language of cinema. L'Avventura is such a film. What it showed was that films… More
Lanning : )
Yes, I know, I said I wouldn't watch this first installment of Antonioni's trilogy, but what the heck. If you've already seen two of the three,… More