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Sicilian Ghost Story Reviews

December 13, 2018
Although the story can feel chilly and oblique, it gets under your skin.
Top Critic
November 29, 2018
[An] intensely atmospheric melodrama...
November 29, 2018
A divine blend of natural and supernatural, fantasy and actuality, "Sicilian Ghost Story" reflects the horrors of a Mafia kidnapping through the prism of first love.
August 9, 2018
A tender, vividly fantastical thriller based on the Sicilian mafia's real-life kidnapping of a 13-year-old boy in 1993.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
August 3, 2018
Grim and mean.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
August 2, 2018
A melodrama tinged with elements of fantasy, much like the horrors of the Spanish Civil War that del Toro has twice embedded in tales of the supernatural.
August 2, 2018
Drawbacks are offset by the directors' terrific confidence and visual style.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
August 1, 2018
Word and image, the human and the animal, the living and the ghostly, become part of a pattern, intricate and organic, worked while we watch.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
August 1, 2018
Throughout Sicilian Ghost Story, brutal realism and dream-like fantasy are mixed together in delicate fashion.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
October 19, 2017
Careful camera movement, distorting wide-angle lenses, and a hyperfocused sound design all contribute to the mysterious atmosphere, and Julia Jedlikowska gives a heartbreaking performance as the girl, who suffers the bittersweet ache of young love.
May 18, 2017
Co-directors Fabio Grassadonia and Antonio Piazza beautifully mix fairy tale and mythological tropes with the harsh reality of a Mafia kidnapping.
May 18, 2017
If Grassadonia and Piazza had simply retold the story, it would have been gripping enough, but they deepen the intensity and widen the meaning by letting the tale unfold in a strange filmic space between cruel reality and ghostly fantasy.