From the April, 2003 issue of Touchstone
Why They Hated <em>Pinocchio</em> by Frederica Mathewes-Green

Why They Hated Pinocchio

Frederica Mathewes-Green on Real versus Disney Children

I am the sole member of a very tiny club: As far as I can tell, I am the only reviewer in America who liked Roberto Benigni’s production of Pinocchio. I had sat all alone in a theater, thoroughly charmed by the production, the costumes, cinematography, and performances. And I wondered why I was alone. Later I checked a website that catalogues film reviews and did a double take. This site gives films a percentage score based on the number of positive reviews; the stylish film The Hours, for example, was enjoying an 88 percent rating. The site’s editors had not found a single review of Pinocchio they could classify as positive. Pinocchio scored a zero.

As I scanned these reviews, I saw a theme emerging . . .


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