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A movie about serendipity and spontaneity.
Soldini's amiable new comedy suggests that an older, better Italy of imagination, rationality and civility survives on the fringes of a modern nation obsessed, like most others, with consumerism, empty prosperity and easy pleasure.
Chicago Reader
The first half of the film, in which Maglietta gradually discovers herself as something other than a servant, is genuinely engaging.
Baltimore Sun
Soldini's consistently understated touch, and a poignant turn by Licia Maglietta as the confused and bemused main character, turns Bread and Tulips into a character study worth studying.
Boston Globe
Manages the right balance of fairy tale and joyous self-discovery. And the Venice locations don't hurt.
Actresses such as Maglietta are why movies were invented: You never get tired of her mercurial personality or of her infinitely compelling face.
Los Angeles Times
Too lethargic and strung-out for its own good. Thankfully, it casts a pleasant, amusing and touching spell anyway, but more energy and a markedly shorter running time might have turned a sunny diversion into something more special.
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
A sweet-spirited, extremely well-cast little comedy.
Characters' eccentricities feel contrived and the wackiness seems forced, though the film's amiable ambling does keep the viewer intrigued, if not charmed.
Washington Post
A little too shopworn and pokey to be more than a respectable European diversion.

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