I think you have to give this film credit just for having the guts to address a heavy subject like the Holocaust in the manner done here, which is predominately with a lighthearted tone. That's a big risk, but it mostly pays off here.
Basically the movie is about a man who trie...
In this WW II tragicomedy, famed Italian funnyman Roberto Benigni (The Monster) portrays Guido, who moves during the '30s from the country to a Tuscan town, where he is entranced by schoolteacher Dora... read more
Directed by: Roberto Benigni
Release Date: December 20, 1997
DVD Release Date: November 9, 1999
Stats: 18,733 reviews
Flixster Reviews (18,733)
December 18, 2012
November 26, 2012
The film's highlight is one man's battle to keep the ugliness of the world from his innocent son, no matter how ugly the world might be, and in this case that means the death camps of the Nazis. Leaning heavily on the silent film comedies of the 20's, physical comedian Benigni i...
August 12, 2012
Saying perfect really sets a bar for a film. For Life is Beautiful, there truly is a perfect blend of happiness and sadness in the span of 2 hours. The story is delicate and gentle, never burdening the audience with the tragedies of WWII. A masterpiece and incredibly powerful.
June 30, 2012
Really long time ago that I've seen this, but I remember the powerful ending and how impacting it was.
June 19, 2012
I entered 'Life Is Beautiful' not really knowing what to expect, I certainly didn't anticipate a part slapstick comedy. The film charts Guido's romantic pursuit of Dora, their married life and birth of their son, and finally their removal from Italy into an extermination camp by ...
May 19, 2012
You know when you're about to watch a film with a title like that, you have to expect something optimistic. Optimism could be all right as a perspective to use for dealing with the Holocaust. The main struggle with LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL (or La vita è bella as it is known in its origi...
May 3, 2012
Roberto Bernigni is fantastic in Life is Beautiful as Guido, a father who goes to elaborate lengths to keep his son (played superbly by Giorgio Cantarini) from understanding the truth about their situation in Italy under German rule at the start of WWII. In the beginning, I coul...
January 7, 2012
How annoying can Roberto Beningi be and how in the world they let him do these god awful shitty films. Benigni has truly problems with his ego. He is also one the worst actor/directors of our times. Just awful piece of crap.
November 22, 2011
Life is Beautiful is a truly beautiful film. The acting, writing, story, pacing, and score, are absolutely perfect. The 80% Tomatometer just saddens me. Who doesen't like it? If you haven't seen this picture, I strongly reccomend you go out and rent it.
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Life Is Beautiful tells of a story of an imaginary optimism and sacrifice of a father to save his son's dying innocence set during their internment in a World War II Nazi concentration camp. Emotionally powerful. Very beautiful and rare rendition of a tragedy that can make one la...
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