Tea with Mussolini
Tea with Mussolini (1999)

Taken from a chapter in the autobiography of acclaimed filmmaker Franco Zeffirelli, TEA WITH MUSSOLINI is written by British novelist and playwright John Mortimer and Zeffirelli, drawing on the latter's published memoirs. The film tells… More

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Rated: PG
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Genre: Drama, Comedy
Release Date: May 14, 1999
DVD Release Date: November 16, 1999
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Critic Score: 66% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Gilbert Adair
Independent on Sunday

It's a lazy, thoroughly old- fashioned entertainment... Yet it's also unexpectedly watchable and unpretentious -- campy, too, if you're into that kind of thing -- and it communicates a sense that everyone involved had a super time making it.

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Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks

Art and suffocating tastefulness are taken as such inherent goods in [this film] that they utterly overwhelm the real people whom the film pretends to showcase.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A ridiculous movie...

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Michael Dequina

A collection of isolated, anecdotal events that are as warmly amusing as they are lacking in narrative drive.

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Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

This satisfying film reveals the ways in which a village can successfully raise a child.

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Carlo Cavagna

The latest in the English-Speaking People Who Discover Themselves in Tuscany genre

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S. James Wegg

The banter, jealousy and cattiness among these charming stereotypes of the Anglo-American lifestyle sweepstakes makes much of this engaging film a winner.

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Ross Anthony
Hollywood Report Card

Cher shines with the spirit of 'Life is Beautiful.'

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David Noh
Film Journal International

A soothingly old-fashioned, deeply sentimental memory piece.

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Flixster Audience Score: 76% Flixster User Reviews
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What the Hell is Cher doing in this good movie?
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Three Grande Dames of the British stage and film (Maggie Smith, Judi Dench, and Joan Plowright) come together, along with Americans Cher and Lily Tomlin to… More
Candy Rose
True story about a group of women bonded together by their situation during World War II. Excellent cast. Beautiful scenery.
Sunil Jawahir
A lighter view of a dark time. Pretty enjoyable.
jay nixon
great character actresses doing wonderful work