Twice Born (Venuto al mondo)

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A mother brings her teenage son to Sarajevo, where his father died in the Bosnian conflict years ago.

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Dec 9, 2013

Twice Born fails to tug at the heartstrings or wring tears from us. Hirsch plays exuberant and callow well, Cruz is tragic and earthy as ever. But the two of them never really click — sex scenes included.

Metacritic review by Roger Moore
Roger Moore
McClatchy-Tribune News Service
Dec 5, 2013

Dripping with floridly phony dialogue that no actor should be forced to speak, this paternity mystery uses the Bosnian conflict as the manipulative backdrop to a preposterously overwrought and overlong melodrama.

Metacritic review by David Rooney
David Rooney
The Hollywood Reporter
Dec 5, 2013

Teeming with familiar war-film clichés and at times almost unbearably melodramatic, Twice Born is nevertheless worth the effort, thanks in large part to a magnificent performance from Penelope Cruz and some fine work from the international supporting cast.

Metacritic review by Richard Roeper
Richard Roeper
Chicago Sun-Times