Tetro (2009)

On the heels of the self-financed, modestly budgeted 2007 drama Youth Without Youth -- his first directorial outing after a ten-year hiatus -- filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola remains situated in the director's chair for this… More

Rated: R
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Release Date: June 11, 2009
DVD Release Date: May 4, 2010
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Critic Score: 71% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A complex meditation on family dynamics, Tetro's arresting visuals and emotional core compensate for its uneven narrative.

Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune

Unabashedly theatrical and richly cinematic, even when it's falling apart...

Calvin Wilson
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

What threatens to be a mere exercise in style proves to be as involving as it is inventive.

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Philip Concannon
The Skinny

It's a deeply personal picture that's overflowing with exuberance and passion and is the director's best work in over twenty years.

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David Jenkins
Time Out

Tetro is a movie filled with splashes of brilliance rather than being a plain brilliant movie.

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Stephen Cole
Globe and Mail

While Coppola seems revitalized by quoting from movies he studied at UCLA film school, what ultimately makes Tetro so compelling is the filmmaker's return to the motifs that made his 1970s films powerful.

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Peter Sobczynski

Funny, haunting, strange and striking in equal measure, Tetro is a triumph that reconfirms Francis Ford Coppola's position as one of the great American filmmakers...

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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald

Tetro is, in many ways, a thematic and spiritual cousin to Rumble Fish, another tale of an innocent who idolizes his older brother and craves his affection more than he should.

Peter Howell
Toronto Star

What makes it eminently watchable is the craft. Cinematographer Mihai Malaimare Jr. films in luscious widescreen monochrome that looks almost wet. Osvaldo Golijov's score is another pleasure.

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Peter Keough
Boston Phoenix

Shot mostly in a chiaroscuro black and white, with color interludes for the flashbacks and for surreal ballet sequences in the mode of Michael Powell's The Red Shoes, Tetro rewards the eye.

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Flixster Audience Score: 69% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalhães
How incredibly frustrating it is to see a movie so compelling, wonderfully directed, technically exemplary and with a gorgeous cinematography go into… More
Joseph Brightly
Absolutely stunning
Melvin White
Carlo: What has happened to our family?  Bennie: Rivalry.  "Every family has a past." Tetro is a beautifully shot and acted film. It is filmed in… More
Nelson Pickens
"Tetro" is unlike any of Francis Ford Coppola's other movies because it comes for a very personal place. Even if this sometimes comes off as… More
Coxxie Mild Sauce
When is this fucking picture supposed to take place? 1970's? 1940's? now? judging by Vincent's outfits, it should be 1979, except he dresses like… More
Gordon Anderson
Achingly pretensious artsy musings which doesn't earn its overblown melodramatic ending. The black and white cinematography obscures more than it reveals… More