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Umberto D.


Vittorio De Sica

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About the Movie

This neorealist masterpiece by Vittorio De Sica follows an elderly pensioner as he strives to make ends meet during Italy’s postwar economic recovery. Alone except for his dog, Flike, Umberto struggles to maintain his dignity in a city where human kindness seems to have been swallowed up by the forces of modernization. His simple quest to satisfy his basic needs—food, shelter, companionship—makes for one of the most heartbreaking stories ever filmed, and an essential classic of world cinema.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 29
  • Fresh: 28
  • Rotten: 1
  • Average Rating: 8.9/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Vittorio De Sica's memorable ''Umberto D'' seems more sentimental now, but as you stay with it, the small story grows to a most moving climax. – Walter Goodman, New York Times, Jan 9, 2018

Fresh: It's hard to think of a more remarkable tribute to the resilience of the human spirit than the one Umberto D. puts on the screen. – Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: The moral punch of a postwar 'art film' classic like Vittorio De Sica's Umberto D. (1952) can be bruising, if only for the movie's unblinking consideration of how society discards the unwanted elderly. – Michael Atkinson, Village Voice, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: One of the great humanist cinema works: a portrayal of age, poverty and simple lives in postwar Rome that is both luminous and heartbreaking. – Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune, Jul 7, 2010

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  • $19.99
  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: 1952

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