Mambo Italiano
Mambo Italiano (2003)

A handsome, young aspiring Canadian TV show writer, Angelo, decides to move in with his cop boyfriend, Nino, whom he's known since they were kids. Upon doing so, he's faced with the challenge of how to pull off the move, without his… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: September 19, 2003
DVD Release Date: February 17, 2004
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Critic Score: 33% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A broad, shrill comedy that plays like a sitcom.

Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

There are laughs in the movie, and a lot of good feeling, but it seems more interested in its Italian stereotypes than its gay insights, and it must be said there is absolutely no feeling that Angelo and Nino are really lovers.

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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer

Mambo Italiano is likely to provoke the same urges in the movie house that poor Nino experiences after a dinner at the noisy Barberini compound -- an overwhelming desire to flee.

Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal

Every time Mambo Italiano seems headed for a plunge into the ethnic cartoon swamp, a refreshingly, unexpected element throws up a roadblock and keeps the movie on solid emotional ground.

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Randy Cordova
Arizona Republic

It's like watching a spaghetti-sauce commercial stretched out to feature-film length.

Janice Page
Boston Globe

Mambo Italiano is no sophisticated dance, but it moves about with an open heart. And hey, it's at least as funny as that Greek thing.

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Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

Seems set on making fun of Italians in the most heavy-handed manner possible.

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Desson Thomson
Washington Post

Lacks that outrageous effrontery that might have socked it to its intended audience.

John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press

It may make you smile, but not enough to forget how much of this you've seen before.

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Laura Kelly
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

The problem with screenwriter and director Émile Gaudreault's effort is that he turns his Canadian-Italian family into a cartoon.

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Flixster Audience Score: 66% Flixster User Reviews
Todd Smith
Mambo Italiano is the story of an Italian immigrant coming out to his old school Italian family. There are some really hysterical lines in this movie, but in… More
FanGirl Browncoat
Just sort of sappy
Sylvester Kuo
Spaghetti to the max!!! It's like watching a Italian soap opera... Nothing really ground breaking happened in the film
Leo L