The grand architecture of Milan and the icy rhythms of composer John Adams set the tone for this elegant Italian drama about the suffocating power of family, wealth, and tradition.
J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader, 2010-12-14
There's no getting around the fact that this is elegant soap opera,. It won't appeal to every taste. But it's sensational to look at, powerfully acted, and delivers a bang for the emotional buck.
Jonathan F. Richards, Film.com, 2010-08-04
If you're not in the mood, the whole thing will probably seem pretty silly. But if you are -- oh, if you are -- I Am Love may be the richest, tastiest truffle you're likely to savor all summer.
Ty Burr, Boston Globe, 2010-07-08
An intimate, quiet and even slow movie, its subtle shadings veil turbulent emotions.
Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel, 2010-07-07
I Am Love falls into the select category of films that are easier to admire than like.
James Berardinelli, ReelViews, 2010-07-06
Overblown, European, operatic, indulgent, patently absurd and somewhat wondrous, I Am Love works for one reason and one reason alone: Tilda Swinton.
Tom Long, Detroit News, 2010-07-02
Cinematographer Yorick Le Saux's elegant images of buildings -- stony exteriors, lux interiors -- and weather-worn statuary suggest centuries-old tradition but also invite a meditative or appreciative silence.
Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post, 2010-07-02
I Am Love is such a lush, deeply textured banquet of sights and sounds that it deserves more than a movie review.
Ann Hornaday, Washington Post, 2010-07-02
In an American film, you live the story. In a European one, you're an outsider looking in. Ah, but what a beautiful view.
Kerry Lengel, Arizona Republic, 2010-07-01
The best sex you will get all year, if that's what you crave in your moviegoing, is between Tilda Swinton and a prawn.
Anthony Lane, New Yorker, 2010-06-28
You have an actress that plays just every moment for keeps without milking it.
Michael Phillips, At the Movies, 2010-06-28
Luca Guadagnino did just a wonderful job of conveying this woman's emotional gathering storm.
A.O. Scott, At the Movies, 2010-06-28
I Am Love isn't just a bedazzlement to the eyes and ears. It's a feast--or maybe just a small but divine dish of prawns--for the soul.
Dana Stevens, Slate, 2010-06-25
It is not to everyone's taste. But if you like the lush film operas of Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Douglas Sirk, or Luchino Visconti, this one's for you.
Carrie Rickey, Philadelphia Inquirer, 2010-06-24
Tilda Swinton is a daring actress who doesn't project emotions so much as embody them. I Am Love provides an ideal role for her, in that her actions speak instead of words.
Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times, 2010-06-24
Words like "lush" and "gorgeous" don't even begin to scratch the surface in describing I Am Love, Italian director Luca Guadagnino's retro-styled melodrama.
Christy Lemire, Associated Press, 2010-06-23
Despite a superb cast and a fabulous look, the picture collapses under the weight of its lofty pretensions, especially in the black hole of the last act, where it topples into near-absurdity.
Rick Groen, Globe and Mail, 2010-07-16
The overripe ending, heated by the percolating music of John Adams, is heavy seasoning on a delicate dish.
Joe Williams, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 2010-07-08
A pall of deadly self-indulgence spreads as the story moves from operatic passion to soap-opera melodrama. It's as if director Luca Guadagnino filmed a synopsis of the script rather than a fully realized screenplay.
Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune, 2010-07-01
The characters seem reasonably interesting, and so we continue to watch them. But at no point do we care about them any more than we might care about attractive strangers sitting at another table in a restaurant.
Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle, 2010-06-24