Malena (2000)

In 1941, Renato was 13 years old and although the world was at war, nothing ever happened in his sleepy village in Sicily. Until the day he discovered something that would change his life forever... Malena, the beautiful young war widow who… More

Rated: R
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Release Date: December 25, 2000
DVD Release Date: July 10, 2001
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Critic Score: 55% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Malena ends up objectifying the character of the movie's title. Also, the young boy's emotional investment with Malena is never convincing, as she doesn't feel like a three-dimensional person.

Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle

[Tornatore] eludes sentimentality with a romantic vision wide enough to embrace the range of human experience.

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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel

Its heart is in the right place.

Michael Dequina

Malèna barely speaks a word in the film, but Belucci makes a role that is written as a symbol into a full-blooded person.

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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine

Bereft of the more richly textured sentiments of Tornatore's Cinema Paradiso.

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Kevin Maynard
Mr. Showbiz

Transparently misogynist at its core.

Tony Macklin
Las Vegas CityLife

For those of us who love Cinema Paradiso, the news that its Italian director Giuseppe Tornatore and his musical soulmate Ennio Morricone were getting back together to do another coming-of-age film, Malena, gave us tantalizing hope. Malena fa

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David Rooney

Despite Bellucci's strong presence in a role with little dialogue, the central character never really comes alive in any way interesting enough to give her ordeal much genuine pathos.

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James Berardinelli

An affecting coming-of-age story.

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Emanuel Levy

Tornatore's Malena is to adolescence what his Cinema Paradiso was to childhood, a lyrical if sentimental fable about the perils of gowing up and the power of the imagination.

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Flixster Audience Score: 84% Flixster User Reviews
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Luke Baldock
Malena is another heartfelt tale of growing up from director Tornatore. It shows a young boys first love/lust as he falls for a woman in his home town. All the… More
Red Lats
Malena is a coming of age story set against the backdrop of World War II. In this movie, a 13-yr old loves from afar, and never quite gets to make his love… More
Lorenzo von Matterhorn
<i>Renato Amoroso: "I pedaled as fast as I could... as if I were escaping from longing, from innocence, from her. Time has passed, and I have loved… More
Sanjaya 丘耀文
I must give another thumbs up for Guiseppe Tornatore for making another great and memorable movie titled Malena... Especially he make the right cast for putting… More
Stefanie C
beautifully shot coming of age tale. this is also the story of a woman, a war, and a sicilian town. how envious people can be of beauty that they are compelled… More