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Gloria (1980)



Average Rating: 7.2/10
Critic Reviews: 5
Fresh: 5 | Rotten: 0

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Gloria (Gena Rowlands), a self-involved woman in her forties who was once a mobster's mistress, is asked to look after Philip (Juan Adames), the son of her Mafia-connected Puerto Rican neighbors. This temporary set-up becomes permanent when the neighbors are killed in a mob hit. Philip has in his possession a diary containing a record of illegal Mafia activities; thus the boy is as good as dead unless Gloria takes decisive action. With Philip in tow, Gloria leads the hit men on a frantic chase

Feb 25, 2003

Columbia Pictures Corporation

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All Critics (22) | Top Critics (5) | Fresh (20) | Rotten (1) | DVD (5)

Gena Rowlands is excellent as the tired woman who decides to take her chances for the boy. The kid is a right blend of understanding and childish tantrums.

May 27, 2008 Full Review Source: Variety
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John Cassavetes clearly set out to make a commercial film, but, intransigent personality that he was, he turned in a slice of pure avant-garde.

May 27, 2008 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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It's clear from the opening montage that we're in the hands of a master.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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More than any other recent film I can think of, Gloria is a movie that depends on the mood you're in when you see it.

August 30, 2004 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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Tough, sweet, and goofy.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
Chicago Sun-Times
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It's an obvious setup and most directors would have made sentimental hash out of it, but Cassavetes keeps it strong and smooth, and Rowlands was nominated for an Oscar for her trouble.

May 9, 2014 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
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Any Cassavetes is worthwhile viewing

October 19, 2004
Kansas City Kansan

One of Cassavetes' most accessible and involving movies.

October 29, 2003
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

John Cassavetes made some iffy movies during his career, but none is worse than the original Gloria.

October 1, 2003 Full Review Source: | Comment (1)

Rowlands's gutsy portrayal of the woman who takes a redemptive and life-threatening plunge, and Adames as the brat who grows up fast in the pressurized situation.

May 24, 2003 Full Review Source: Film4

More intriguing than a standard Hollywood gangster movie.

March 28, 2003 Full Review Source: PopMatters

Indie godfather John Cassavetes transforms Gena Rowlands into his own little Pam Grier in this oddly sweet-and-sour, PG-rated mob melodrama.

March 14, 2003 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

Gloria boasts a tough and tender performance by Gina Rowlands as an ex-gun moll and showgirl whose nurturing instincts come to the fore when she is called upon to protect a little boy in jeopardy.

March 3, 2003 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

A reasonably entertaining and refreshingly off-beat action/drama.

January 10, 2003 Full Review Source: Nick's Flick Picks
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Audience Reviews for Gloria

I like "non-studio film Cassavetes" much better.
February 18, 2013
Jonathan Hutchings

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Indie godfather John Cassavetes transforms Gena Rowlands into his own little Pam Grier in this odd mob melodrama with, naturally, an orphan kid. Rowlands is an extremely classy ex-mob dame with a hair-trigger temper and a tongue of fire.

If there is any dead weight in the film, it's child actor John Adams, screeching and squeaking that he's "the man" and knows what to do. But what child actor isn't irritating? In the end, Gloria isn't a major effort or breakthrough film, it's just Cassavetes creating a fun action/chase movie that features a female heroine with a set of brass balls.
May 18, 2009
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An ass-kicking Gena Rowlands is the major force behind this riveting, one of a kind gangster film from the unique vision of American new wave's craftsman John Cassavetes. direct precursor of Leon: The professional.
June 27, 2008

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a real sense of the grittiness of new york and gena rowlands is outstanding as usual
March 29, 2007
jay nixon

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