La Dolce Vita
La Dolce Vita (1960)

Filmmaker Frederico Fellini wrote an directed this film, a dark and sometimes humorous account of the grand ennui and excesses of Rome's idle rich. The opening scene shows a helicopter carrying a large statue of Jesus over the city.… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: September 21, 2004
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Critic Score: 96% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: An epic, breathtakingly stylish cinematic landmark, La Dolce Vita remains riveting in spite of -- or perhaps because of -- its sprawling length.

Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic

Fellini has set out to move us with the depravity of contemporary life and has chosen what seems to me a poor method: cataloging sins. Very soon we find ourselves thinking: Is that all?

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

The film was hugely successful and widely praised in its time, though it's really nothing more than the old C.B. De Mille formula of titillation and moralizing.

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Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight

A lovely Italian palette that questions if we can settle down to a life of struggle without having first lived life at its best.

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David Fear
Time Out New York

Everything has changed, and nothing has changed. How sour it still is.

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Time Out

There are perhaps a couple of party scenes too many, and the peripheral characters can be unconvincing, but the stylish cinematography and Fellini's bizarre, extravagant visuals are absolutely riveting.

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Matthew Connolly
Slant Magazine

What is happiness within the film's world? Fellini offers no easy answers.

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Variety

Perhaps many spectators will squirm at the three-hour length of the film or of some of its sequences (though director Federico Fellini cut some 30 minutes from his final print), yet others will never notice they've sat that long.

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Richard Nilsen
Arizona Republic

[An] epic of anomie.

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Rick Mele
AskMen.com

Along with his later 8 1/2, La Dolce Vita is regarded as one of acclaimed Italian director Federico Fellini's best-loved and most influential films. The '60s-set tale of one man's struggle with the so-called "sweet life" stars Marcello Mastroi

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Flixster Audience Score: 91% Flixster User Reviews
Bruce Bruce
Italian Movie about a player that in 1960 must have raised eyebrows, I didnt enjoy it 1 star
Jim Hunter
A gossip columnist has a raucous time of it in Rome with various starlets and high society types. I dreaded seeing this film because I found most of… More
Lucas Martins
Essential surrealist film, La Dolce Vita is an early critique to press photography, bourgeois society, special attention to stars and social decadence.
Anthony Lawrie
La Dolce Vita shows how vulgar and how rotten to the core the idea of celebrity, gossip and 'high society' is and it is about as relevant now as it… More
Chris Weber
This doesn't happen very often, but I must say, I'm rather baffled. I'm not sure how I truly feel about this movie. I don't know if I truly… More
AJ Verser
This is a classic Italian film from Fellini, and I liked it, but I don't think it's his best film. It has a good cast, but the story could have been… More

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