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Angel of Evil (2011)



Average Rating: 5.1/10
Critic Reviews: 6
Fresh: 1 | Rotten: 5

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Director Michele Placido and actor Kim Rossi Stuart team up to tell the tale of notorious Italian outlaw Renato Vallanzasca, whose penchant for bold crimes, daring prison breaks, and extravagant showmanship transformed him into an underworld celebrity in the 1970s. Vallanzasca was just nine years old when he and a group of mischievous friends snuck into a local circus to free a tiger, but that fateful day marked the beginning of a spectacular criminal career. Subsequently sent to a juvenile


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Sep 27, 2011

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What is missing is any sort of psychological insight. Just what made Renato run? You won't find out here.

June 17, 2011 Full Review Source: New York Post
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To borrow Robert Evans's famous quotation about "The Godfather," you can smell the spaghetti, but less sauce might have helped.

June 16, 2011 Full Review Source: New York Times
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Gangster clichés fly like submachine gun bullets in the Italian crime biopic "Angel of Evil," a restless and hollow rundown of '70s criminal Renato Vallanzasca.

June 16, 2011 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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As a tale of squabbling gangsters and prison intrigues, "Angel of Evil" is ordinary.

June 16, 2011 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
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You can all but feel the checklist being marked off, and the viewer is never really drawn into the world or made to care what's happening.

June 14, 2011 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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Terrible orch-rock soundtrack aside, it makes for an engrossing if hollow romp.

May 25, 2011 Full Review Source: Time Out
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Not to indulge in cliché, but given that Rossi Stuart penned the script with five other writers, it probably shouldn't be a surprise that so many cooks created a meal that's all sauce and no spaghetti.

June 24, 2011 Full Review Source: Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)

The film, like all gangster movies, gets off on glamour and guns, which initially makes it a thrill to watch...

June 6, 2011 Full Review Source: Scotsman

Surprisingly poor on the larger social context.

May 28, 2011 Full Review Source: Guardian

It's a bit of a plod, violent and overlong, from which we learn only this: even the Italians dressed badly in the 1970s.

May 27, 2011 Full Review Source: Independent

If it falls short of either Gomorrah or A Prophet, it is an above average prison thriller, telling us of a strange man who fought most of his enemies to a standstill until he died.

May 27, 2011 Full Review Source: This is London
This is London

Cmpetently made, but after Mesrine, the recent Carlos The Jackal film and the Mafiathemed Gomorrah, this is one sub-genre that's fast reaching saturation point.

May 27, 2011 Full Review Source: Daily Mirror [UK]
Daily Mirror [UK]

The main reason to see this is a charismatic leading performance by Kim Rossi Stuart. Even so, it makes two hours feel like four.

May 26, 2011 Full Review Source: Daily Mail [UK]
Daily Mail [UK]

None of it's bad: but it leaves unanswered the question of why exactly we should care about this guy.

May 26, 2011 Full Review Source: Guardian

Angels of Evil is just one damned thing after another.

May 26, 2011 Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph
Daily Telegraph

This film works as a straight up guns-and-money flick, but its clichés fail to involve us in the myth that is the Angel of Evil.

May 26, 2011 Full Review Source: Little White Lies
Little White Lies

Unlikely to reshape the canon but an entertaining enough retro Italian gangster romp.

May 26, 2011 Full Review Source: Film4

Rising Italian star Kim Rossi Stuart is the standout in this fast-paced biography of Milanese gangster Renato Vallanzasca, who fancied himself as something of a Robin Hood figure in the mid-1970s.

May 26, 2011 Full Review Source: Radio Times
Radio Times

There are a few too many characters to keep straight, and some irrelevant sideroads, but it's a gripping ride

May 26, 2011 Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall
Shadows on the Wall

Engaging, energetic gangster thriller-slash-biopic with a charismatic central performance from Kim Rossi Stuart, though the pacy direction means that the film is often frustratingly light on context and detail.

May 25, 2011 Full Review Source: ViewLondon

Audience Reviews for Angel of Evil

Stylish, thrilling true-crime film based on the story of Italian mobster Renato Vallanzasca. Charismatically played by the superb Kim Rossi Stuart, there's validity in the argument that the film glamourises, sometimes even approves of his crimes. But there's real technical skill in front and behind of the camera and as a piece of cinema it's quite something.
January 13, 2013

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    1. Renato Vallanzasca: The moment a man loses his self-esteem believing there's no limit to violence, is the moment he's no longer a man.
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