Rocco and His Brothers (Rocco e i suoi fratelli)
Rocco and His Brothers (Rocco e i suoi fratelli) (1961)

Luchino Visconti's operatic masterpiece tells the story of the Parondis, a poor family from a village in southern Italy who come to Milan seeking a better life. Following the death of her husband, proud Rosaria (Katina Paxinou) picks up… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: June 26, 1961
DVD Release Date: May 24, 2005
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Critic Score: 91% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times

"Rocco and His Brothers" is a film both authentic and ambitious, a classic that is as adept at telling individual stories as it is in drawing larger parallels from them.

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Alan Scherstuhl
Village Voice

The Parondis' lives are difficult but gorgeous; boxing is terrible but riveting; the city offers everything even as it takes everything away.

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Clayton Dillard
Slant Magazine

It's vital about violence being bred from systemic blind spots, where miniscule souls are tasked with the impossible.

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Pauline Kael
New Yorker

Visconti's methods are still partly neorealist, but the scale of the film is huge and operatic, and it loses the intimacy of the best neorealist films, and their breath of life.

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Bosley Crowther
New York Times

There is in this strong and surging drama of an Italian peasant family's shattering fate in the face of the brutalizing forces of unfamiliar modern city life a kind of emotional fullness and revelation that one finds in the great tragedies of the Greeks.

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Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

What you end up with is more an entertaining, overheated mish-mash than a great classic.

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David Ehrlich
Time Out

Today, distanced from ridiculous controversy and dislocated from the provincial politics that drive its story, this immaculately restored classic of post-WWII Italian cinema often feels like a new experience altogether.

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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice

Neither neo-realist nor particularly artsy, Rocco might make for a fat, satisfying beach-read of a movie if only it weren't so convinced of its own magnitude.

Emanuel Levy

One of Visconti's and Italian cinema's masterpieces

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Flixster Audience Score: 94% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalhães
Though unnecessarily overlong for the kind of story it wants to tell and tending at times more towards soap-opera melodrama than neorealism, especially in a… More
Elvira B
Rocco and his Brothers probably has some sort of socialist hidden meaning, I'm sure of it. But since I didn't see it, I'm writing from my point… More
Stefanie C
Beautiful, brilliant, and brutal! A universal tale of man and his environment. This film can be viewed as a social commentary of Southern versus Northern Italy… More
Eric Broome
Luchino Visconti's "Rocco and His Brothers" is classified as neo-realism but, given a director known for opulent period epics like "The… More
Stella Dallas
the melodramatic tale of a close-knit family's move from the rural south to the big northern city of milan, where everything gets complicated. once again… More
Antonius Block
Often lauded as a landmark film of Italian neorealism with great influence on filmmakers to come, 'Rocco and His Brothers' tells the tale of four… More