EW Staff
November 09, 1999 AT 05:00 AM EST

Life Is Beautiful

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG-13
performer
Roberto Benigni, Giorgio Cantarini, Nicoletta Braschi
director
Roberto Benigni
author
Roberto Benigni, Vincenzo Cerami
genre
Foreign Language, Drama, Comedy

We gave it a B+

Roberto Benigni took home two Academy Awards for Life Is Beautiful, the Holocaust fable about an Italian Jew who persuades his son that life at a Nazi work camp is all just a game. The manic star channels his considerable life force through his dark eyes, which sparkle with hope even as they widen in desperation.

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