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Remains a film of electric drama and high emotion, as well as a major turning point in film history.
New York Times:
The total effect of the picture is a sense of real experience, achieved as much by the performance as by the writing and direction.
Its realistic treatment of everyday Italian life heralded the postwar renaissance of the Italian cinema and the development of neorealism; the film astonished audiences around the world and remains a masterpiece.
Today it doesn't feel like a documentary at all. It's a street opera, caught on camera during wartime, a story performed by a mixed cast of amazing professionals and earnest non-professionals.
Los Angeles Times:
A world cinema landmark, but that dusty, respectful word does not do justice to a film that has not lost its power to surprise and even shock.
Much is devastating -- but Rossellini found room, too, for the humour and warmth of everyday life.
This much of the film is standard hero and villain stuff. But what makes picture good is the story of other characters involved in the tragedy.