An aimless young man (Elio Germano) falls in with fascists but has second thoughts when the party leader casts his eye on the youth's communist brother (Riccardo Scamarcio).
" [Actor] Elio Germano vitalizes the film: He's hyper-reactive, flickering between brash, bashful, playful, and awkward -- offering a Swiss Army knife performance that's diverse and yet totally unified. "
" Although the movie never quite dispels the sense of being dated (it could have been made anytime in the past 40 years), it's a memorable, often moving timepiece. "
" Despite its charged historical backdrop, [director] Luchetti keeps My Brother light and snappy without sacrificing narrative tension. "
" Director Daniele Luchetti's strategy is to personify the long-standing divisions of his homeland in a pair of siblings, but make the characters so vital that we don't feel we're being browbeaten with political allegory. "
" If some of this sounds like stereotypical Italian behavior, and if in fact My Brother Is an Only Child has a weakness for abrupt and melodramatic plot devices, it has other virtues that make it truly satisfying. "
" In a sense, the movie is about Accio's appreciation of the practical limits of ideology and the practical uses of rebellion, and it's a poignant realization. "
" It is almost a relief to find some ideological clarity in a film that unfortunately ends in complete political disillusionment on all sides. "
" manages to evoke, but never trivialise, the mad, internecine conflicts of recent Italian political history "
" My Brother Is an Only Child is a lively minor addendum to the grand tradition of Italian fraternal cinema. "
" My Brother Is an Only Child is a politically charged family drama set in Italy in the 1960s and 1970s -- think The Best of Youth (director Daniele Luchetti collaborated with that epic film's writers) at a more butt-friendly running time. "
" One hardly needs to have grown up Italian in the '60s to feel a pang of nostalgia watching My Brother Is an Only Child, Daniele Luchetti's tale of small-town brothers. "
" Sometimes, under a torrent of social pressures, water runs faster, if not thicker, than blood, and even the strongest bonds drown in the flood. "
" That it clicks is largely due to the daredevil chemistry of the actors playing the brothers, who can be a handful whenever they're together. "
" The fey illogic in the title of My Brother is an Only Child hints at the style of this funny-sad film, which flips from dark to light moods and back with suave, unpredictable dexterity. "
" The film, which argues that blood brotherhood is stronger than political brotherhoods, vibrates with their youthful energy and ardor. "
" You don't need a degree in political science to love this film...The film entertainingly demonstrates that the bonds of blood are stronger than those of ideology. "
" The linkage in this movie between politics and family dynamics is a point well taken, but the movie -- whose sense of frenetic activity going nowhere is captured by Luchetti's buoyant camera -- does go on and on before anyone learns anything. "
" The rough-and-tumble tone is bitterly entertaining but in the end doesn't contribute to a convincing historical portrait, and a pileup of half-baked resolutions spoils the buzz. "
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