Pinocchio

critic Reviews

, 85% Fresh Tomatometer Score
  • Sticking closely to Carlo Collodi's original story, Matteo Garrone's Pinocchio pulls every string to create a visually stunning film that proves some tales really are timeless.
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    Josh KupeckiAustin Chronicle
    Pinocchio's ultimate transformation from puppet to human boy lacks much of the transcendence inherent in the parable, and thus the film never moves beyond its wooden machinations.
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    Peter TraversABC News
    Get our your handkerchiefs for this gorgeous, live-action take from Italy on the Disney animated classic, starring Oscar winner Roberto Benigni as Geppetto, the woodcutter who builds a puppet to replace the son he never had.
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    Lindsey BahrAssociated Press
    It has the makings of a stealth classic.
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    Michael O'SullivanWashington Post
    Fairy tales have always held the threat of darkness as punishment for misbehavior, and this "Pinocchio" is no exception.
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    Glenn KennyNew York Times
    This new cinematic imagining of Carlo Collodi's classic fantasy tale is alternately enchanting and befuddling.
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    Dan RubinsSlant Magazine
    Matteo Garrone's adaptation of Carlo Collodi's story trembles with corporeal strangeness and unpredictability.
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    Dan LybargerArkansas Democrat-Gazette
    Garrone's take is darker than Uncle Walt's, but like Disney, he imbues his take with a reliable sense of wonder. As a result, Pinocchio's path away from being a literal blockhead is delightful.
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    Sean P. MeansThe Movie Cricket
    The visuals are inventive, though not as spectacularly scary as Disney's depiction of the fish as Monstro the whale.
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    Todd JorgensonCinemalogue
    ... boasts picturesque landscapes but some curiously detached storytelling while attempting to capture the darker aspects of the familiar source material.
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    Brian OrndorfBlu-ray.com
    Those accustomed to the softness of previous takes might be overwhelmed by this picture, which is imaginatively made with amazing technical achievements, but not an endeavor that touches the heart.
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