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Los Angeles Times
It's a shining valentine to the movies--full of homages, collages and swooningly romantic Ennio Morricone music--and it gets right at the messy, impure, wondrous way they capture and enrapture us. [16 February 1990, Calendar, p.F-1]
San Francisco Chronicle
You leave Cinema Paradiso with that feeling that's kind of like getting kicked in the stomach, but nice. It's one of those breathless, swept-away-by-a-movie experiences that you might have once a year, if you're lucky. [16 February 1990, Daily Notebook, p.E-1]
This film is sometimes funny, sometimes joyful, and sometimes poignant, but it's always warm, wonderful, and satisfying. Cinema Paradiso affects us on many levels, but its strongest connection is with our memories.
The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
Cinema Paradiso converts you to the credo that art can indeed be holy.
Mr. Showbiz
Unapologetically sentimental, this movie is certain to melt all but the hardest of hearts.
Remain open to fantasies but not be consumed by them. These are good lessons for a would-be director. They are good lessons for everybody. And no recent movie has taught them with more patient sweetness. [Feb. 5, 1990]
A 25th anniversary restoration of Giuseppe Tornatore's ode to moving pictures and puppy love.
Every bit as enchanting as you remember. Molto, molto bene.
Chicago Sun-Times
Anyone who loves movies is likely to love Cinema Paradiso.
If ever a movie came from the heart, it was Giuseppe Tornatore's nostalgic Cinema Paradiso (1988) now getting a rerelease to celebrate its silver jubilee.
USA Today
Lovely "memory'' film. [2 March 1990, Life, p.4D]
Chicago Tribune
A few moments of sly inspiration are not enough to carry an entire feature; along with the tears, it leaves behind an aftertaste of phoniness. [16 March 1990, Friday, p.H]
They don't make movies like they used to, and this Oscar-winning Italian-French co-production spends the better part of three hours proving it.

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