Kidnapped: The Abduction of Edgardo Mortara

critic Reviews

, 86% Certified Fresh Tomatometer Score
  • Based on indefensible truths,Kidnapped tackles institutional abuse with cinematic pomp and political circumstance.
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    Richard WhittakerAustin Chronicle
    Bellocchio should be credited for shining a light on a forgotten pivotal event, but the real Mortaras deserve that light to be a little less dull.
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    Anne T. DonahueGlobe and Mail
    A testament to the insidiousness of systemic abuse, Kidnapped illuminates the tragedy of unchecked power exploited by men.
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    Sergio Burstein Los Angeles Times
    A top-notch film that no film buff, who so admired being one, should miss. [Full review in Spanish]
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    Stephanie ZacharekTIME Magazine
    Edgardo, played as a youngster by Enea Sala and as a young man by Leonardo Maltese, is a figure locked so tightly in a nightmare that he eventually succumbs to it. His story, in the hands of a master, is both compelling and chilling.
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    John PowersNPR
    Now, at moments Kidnapped feels old-fashioned. Yet Bellocchio never falls into boring costume drama realism. Working in a painterly style, he pushes things toward the operatic.
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    Randy MyersSan Jose Mercury News
    “Kidnapped” has its problems, but it is gripping.
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    James VerniereBoston Movie News
    Marco Bellocchio tells the horrifying true story of a 19th century Jewish Italian boy, who is taken away from his family after a maid claims that she baptised him.
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    Ray PrideNewcity
    Does faith prevail? Fanaticism is timeless.
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    Ernesto DiezmartinezLetras Libres
    With the story of a Jewish boy kidnapped and converted to Catholicism in 1858, director Marco Bellocchio delivers a passionate and outrageous diatribe against the church. [Full review in Spanish]
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    Sean P. MeansThe Movie Cricket
    “Kidnapped” illustrates, with the emotional force of grand opera, the cruelty inflicted by people claiming in God’s name that they know what’s best.
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