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Pinocchio Review

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  • 1.0

    out of 100

    Overwhelming dislike
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 0

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    Benigni's Pinocchio is meant to be adorable, but he comes off as less an enchanted puppet than as a harmlessly deranged middle-aged man prancing about in the kind of froufrou cream-colored pantsuit that Dinah Shore retired to her back closet in 1977.

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  • 30

    out of 100

    The New York Times A.O. Scott

    It's an oddity that will be avoided by millions of people, this new Pinocchio. Osama bin Laden could attend a showing in Times Square and be confident of remaining hidden.

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  • 40

    out of 100

    Variety David Rooney

    The spirit of the late Federico Fellini -- with whom Benigni talked of doing the project together -- surfaces repeatedly. But that spirit fails to enliven a film substantially lacking in personality, energy, magic and humor.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 8+

Live-action dubbed puppet story is creepy and lacks humor.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this live-action Italian version of Pinocchio has many dark, confusing scenes; is (badly) dubbed into English; and, at nearly two hours, is very slow going. Characters are in jeopardy throughout: Some are injured, some appear dead for lengthy periods of time, and some actually are dead. Pinocchio has many narrow escapes -- from drowning, hanging, getting caught in an animal trap, being swallowed by a whale, and more. The movie's messages are heavy handed and repetitious, but eventually the naughty puppet does see the error of his ways.   

  • Families can talk about the characters who encouraged Pinocchio to misbehave. What made Pinocchio listen to them and make bad choices? Kids: Who influences your choices? Are there people in your life or in the media who encourage breaking rules? How do you deal with them?
  • How does this version of Pinocchio compare to others you've read or seen?

The good stuff
  • educationalvalue true0

    Educational value: The movie is intended to entertain, not educate.

  • message true3

    Messages: Very clear messages throughout: Get-rich schemes never work, telling a lie is always bad, success is based on hard work and honesty, never break your promises, and always listen to your parents.

  • rolemodels true2

    Role models: The main character behaves badly many times; he's dishonest, naughty, and unruly. It takes repeated mistakes before he finally sees the light and becomes a caring, obedient, honest, and hardworking boy. Parental figures are warm-hearted and trusting to a fault. The many villains are all one-dimensional characters: selfish, greedy, and dishonest.

What to watch for
  • violence false3

    Violence and scariness: Many action sequences that could be frightening and confusing to kids. Characters die and/or get injured, and some then come back to life -- including Pinocchio (shown in shadows, hanging lifeless from a rope for several minutes), Gepetto (he disappears in the ocean after his boat capsizes and doesn't reappear until much later), and a young man who is turned into a donkey and ultimately dies. There are black-clothed, shadowy characters labeled "assassins" and "robbers" that threaten Pinocchio and laugh hideously. The traditional whale that swallows Pinocchio and his father is a scary creature with giant teeth. Also chases, falls, a runaway log wreaking havoc on a village, and fist fights.

  • sex false0

    Sexy stuff: Not an issue

  • language false1

    Language: "Nitwit," "nincompoop," and other insults.

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false0

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Not an issue