(2002)

Critic Reviews

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Metascore

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88
Premiere
In the annals of Mediterranean island love stories, Respiro reflects the effortless charm of a film like "Il Postino," rather than the untidy manufactured romance of another "Captain Corelli's Mandolin."
75
Chicago Sun-Times
A cheerful, life-affirming film, strong in its energy, about vivid characters. It uses mental illness as an entertainment, not a disease.
75
Entertainment Weekly
For all Golino's comeliness, she's upstaged by the windy beauty of the landscape, and by Crialese's attention -- in an Italian neorealist way -- to the routines of daily life in an insular, traditional culture.
75
On its own terms, the movie succeeds. Like a fable, its meanings are unspecific but haunting.
75
If you prefer your domestic clashes sunnier and more strenuously poetic, Respiro may be your respite. If nothing else, it's a reminder of how severely underutilized Valeria Golino is as both actress and cinematic glory.
75
New York Daily News
A beautifully composed tone poem about unspoken group dynamics in an isolated community. It is also, in its way, about how love endures.
75
Chicago Tribune
This is one of those films that can accurately be described as small. Mostly, you just appreciate the time spent with these particular people in this particular place.
75
The bulk of the film merely yearns for lucidity and magic. At its worst, Respiro resembles My Big Fat Italian Nervous Breakdown.
70
As a whole, the film is perhaps a bit too gentle and meandering, but it's jammed full of superb moments.
63
The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
Somewhere along the way, Respiro just seems to run out of breath.
50
New York Post
Has a sexy cast and is gorgeous to watch -- but it takes more than that to make a movie worth seeking out.

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