Film Comment - 05/01/2009
"Watching TETRO, Coppola's first original screenplay in some 30 years, is like eavesdropping on someone's dream."
Hollywood Reporter - 05/14/2009
"It has style to burn, eye-catching acting by an international cast and a story that harkens back to many literary classics with its themes of a family torn apart, brothers in conflict and a son's rivalry with a towering father figure."
Los Angeles Times - 06/12/2009
"[H]aunting....In TETRO, it is the seductive power of artistic genius and fame that will both leave a family broken and bind its wounds."
New York Times - 06/12/2009
"[A] visually lush cinematic fugue about love, ambivalence and two brothers fleeing the dark shadow of their domineering father..."
Box Office - 06/11/2009 4 stars out of 5 -- "[A]n arthouse gem starring Vincent Gallo as Tetro, the eldest of two brothers wrestling with their estranged father's legacy in Buenos Aires....Coppola extends a timeless magic to the film..."
Wall Street Journal - 06/12/2009
"TETRO turns out to be not one movie but, at the very least, two -- a Fellin-esque concatenation of drama, dance and opera, and a modest, appealing coming-of-age story..."
Movieline - 06/11/2009
"[W]eirdly riveting....As Bennie, Ehrenreich exquisitely portrays the target of Coppola's experiment..."
A.V. Club - 06/18/2009
"TETRO again asserts Coppola's willingness to go far out on a limb stylistically....As a filmmaker, Coppola is once again at the height of his powers..." -- Grade: B
Rolling Stone - 06/25/2009 3 stars out of 4 -- "Shot in Argentina with widescreen black-and-white images that take your breath away, TETRO is a drama about family secrets....There isn't a frame of this raw and riveting movie that Coppola doesn't invest with feeling."
Sight and Sound - 07/01/2010
"[With] shimmering black-and-white photography....You have to admire the sheer defiant energy of the man."
Uncut - 08/01/2010 3 stars out of 5 -- "There is an air of melancholy reinforced by the tango music and by the black and white cinematography, heavy on the chiaroscuro."
Total Film - 11/01/2010 3 stars out of 5 -- "Francis Ford Coppola continues his comeback with this operatic family saga....You have to admire the 71-year-old Coppola's energy."
Almost four decades after he wrote THE CONVERSATION, Francis Ford Coppola returns to original screenwriting with this personal drama about an Argentine-Italian family. TETRO stars Vincent Gallo and features editing from the legendary Walter Murch.
3 stars out of 4 -- "The film is boldly operatic, involving family drama, secrets, generations at war, melodrama, romance and violence....It feels good to see Coppola back in form."
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