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77

Metascore

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100
Lone Scherfig, the writer-director, has made a film so unabashedly hopeful that it actually makes the heart soar. Yes, soar.
90
Wall Street Journal
This is a woman's work in the best sense -- empathetic, inferentially erotic and delicately intuitive, as well as fiercely intelligent.
88
It's the kind of romantic comedy that doesn't cheapen the word ''heartwarming.''
88
New York Daily News
It's the rare film, Dogma or otherwise, that keeps you smiling long after the lights come up.
88
This is a movie that doesn't depend for its effects on star performers or stylized wish-fulfillment sexuality but on realism, sharp observation and honest humor.
88
The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
Unlike Hollywood's starting point of hopelessly beautiful and yet inexplicably unentangled principal characters, Italian For Beginners'raw material is something of a more dirty-fingernail variety.
88
Baltimore Sun
Italian for Beginners, on its own small scale, is a one-of-a-kind movie: a baggy-pants spiritual comedy.
80
Rolling Stone
These melancholy Danes create something sweetly sexy, funny and touching.
75
This charming but slight tale has warmth, wit and interesting characters compassionately portrayed.
75
Chicago Sun-Times
The film only wants to amuse. It's a reminder that Dogma films need not involve pathetic characters tormented by the misuse of their genitalia, but can simply want to have a little fun.
50
Entertainment Weekly
To see this much austere vérité atmosphere propping up this much schlock romanticism is like biting into a blue-cheese canapé that turns out to be a fluffernutter.

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