Stealing Beauty
Stealing Beauty (1996)

This beautiful if ponderous soufflé of a film from director Bernardo Bertolucci serves more as an Italian travelogue than a drama. Liv Tyler stars as Lucy Harmon, an American teenager arriving in the lush Tuscan countryside to visit family… More

Rated: R
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Release Date: June 14, 1996
DVD Release Date: January 8, 2002
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post

[A] hilariously inscrutable exercise in pseudo-profundity.

Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle

[Bertolucci] builds an homage to beauty around a sullen void.

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Anne Billson
Daily Telegraph (UK)

Is there not something a little disturbing about the way in which ageing male film-makers are applauded for their ogling of actresses young enough to be their granddaughters?

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

A civilized, mellow, and generally graceful chamber piece.

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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone

In contrasting the sexuality and rebellion of Lucy's generation with his own, Bertolucci clearly yearns to rekindle his creative spirit.

Adam Mars-Jones
Independent (UK)

Unusually for Bertolucci, the film is an ensemble piece, with great glancing richness of detail conveyed by a wonderful cast.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

A welcome reminder of Bertolucci's directorial assurance.

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Jack Mathews
Los Angeles Times

Even a lesser Bertolucci is an event, and Stealing Beauty has its charms.

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Joyce Slaton
Common Sense Media

Meditation on sex, life, death; older teens only.

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Flixster Audience Score: 75% Flixster User Reviews
Red Lats
Liv Tyler plays Lucy who arrives in Tuscany to meet family, be sculpted, find out who her father is and to lose her virginity. Liv is quite beautiful as is… More
Lea Lea
Beautiful story.. the cinematography was amazing.. Bertolucci knows how to make the audience feel like they are part of the story.. Jeremy Irons is… More
Tim Salmons
Interesting, but not much.
Marcus Woolcott
Liv Tyler goes to Italy with the intention of losing her virginity, "finding herself" and discovering who her Dad was in this arthouse gumpf. I think… More
Michael Gildea
A dull movie with a beautiful landscape.
Daisy Maduro
This film blew me away. The hurt, love and pain expressed in this movie through the most simple way of cinematography is amazing. A classical film of life and… More

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