Bicycle Thieves ★★

For a film with such a towering reputation as one of the medium's greatest achievements, I was significantly let-down. The writing is great, but dives headlong into coincidence in the third act and never recovers. And what's with that ending?

Many other elements of the film are rather antiquated, and come off as decidedly ordinary when compared to other classics of the time (let alone by today's standards). This looks and feels like an old movie, and that's not very welcoming at all. It also feels twice as long as it is. Not good.