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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    Gary GoldsteinLos Angeles Times
    For all its flaws and missteps (more nose growing antics, please), the movie gets under your skin and holds interest...
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    Joseph WalshTime Out
    The result is a bizarre fairytale extravaganza, and Garonne should be credited for the thoughtful way he has brought his vision to life.
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    John BleasdaleSight and Sound
    A beautiful and cleverly crafted piece which manages to be a faithful return to Collodi's original tale and very much the director's own take.
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    Kevin MaherTimes (UK)
    This movie should not be bad.
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    Charlotte O'SullivanLondon Evening Standard
    Right from the start, Garrone's Pinocchio seems like a real boy, which makes it even more disturbing, and delightful, when the wood becomes flesh.
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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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    Nick HastedThe Arts Desk
    Garrone's steady eye for the bizarre and ironic ensures an engrossing spectacle to spark children's imaginations, in a world adults will wearily vouch for.
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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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