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Life Is Beautiful (Subtitled)

HD   PG-13


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Plot Summary

This motion picture masterpiece garnered 3 Oscars®, including one for Roberto Benigni (Best Actor) who stars in this heartwarming, humorous tale of life and love in a time of war. In this poignant tale, Guido (Benigni), a charming but bumbling waiter, does everything he can to provide a good life for his beloved wife and children. But when WWII breaks out, Guido must use his colorful imagination and irresistible humor to save his family from an unthinkable fate.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 86
  • Fresh: 69
  • Rotten: 17
  • Average Rating: 7.6/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: dares to laugh in the face of the unthinkable. And because Benigni can be heart-rending without a trace of the maudlin, it works. – Janet Maslin, New York Times, Jul 16, 2008

Fresh: You'll laugh! You'll cry! You'll smile through the evils of genocide! – Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly, Sep 7, 2011

Fresh: Its sentiment is inescapable, but genuine poignancy and pathos are also present, and an overarching sincerity is visible too. – Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times, Jan 24, 2006

Rotten: The lesson that Benigni ultimately imparts is that it's easy to convince a child horror doesn't exist as long as it stays out of the way while the two of you are goofing off. – Paul Tatara,, Mar 7, 2001

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Customer Reviews

One of the best movies ever made,

I've been waiting to buy this movie on iTunes for a long time ever since I had the honor of watching this movie. Now that I've watched it again, I have to say that this movie is incredible. Not only does this movie show the hard tragedy of life, but also shows the power of the human spirit when presented with these tragedies. I remember several of these scenes by heart and I can say that they have changed my view on life. Life is truly beautiful and you should watch it.

P.S. For some reason iTunes is showing Rotten Tomatoes' reviews for a different movie, this movie has way more than a 50% rating.


Roberto Benigni is a GENIUS. If you saw him at the Oscars receiving the award for this film, you will know there is no difference between who is as a person and the character in the film; a man of true heart that spills out into the world.
Surprisingly, there were negative reviews of this film stating it's light hearted take on the holocaust. Well, that's the lens with which they view the world. When we see the world through the heart, that light shines forth, and we see reality for what it is. Then, there is a *choice* to be a victim. How do we respond? Mr. Benigni illustrates his choice marvelously both in his work and his presence at the Oscars. BRAVO! BRAVO! BRAVO!

Life is Beautiful

Only Movie can make you laugh & cry at the same time!

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Life Is Beautiful (Subtitled)
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  • $12.99
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Released: 1998

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