Angel of Evil Reviews

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Jeff Meyers
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
June 24, 2011
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.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
June 17, 2011
What is missing is any sort of psychological insight. Just what made Renato run? You won't find out here.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Andy Webster
New York Times
June 16, 2011
To borrow Robert Evans's famous quotation about "The Godfather," you can smell the spaghetti, but less sauce might have helped.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times
June 16, 2011
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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Tom Keogh
Seattle Times
June 16, 2011
As a tale of squabbling gangsters and prison intrigues, "Angel of Evil" is ordinary.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Ernest Hardy
Village Voice
June 14, 2011
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 6, 2011
The film, like all gangster movies, gets off on glamour and guns, which initially makes it a thrill to watch...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Philip French
Guardian
May 28, 2011
Surprisingly poor on the larger social context.
Anthony Quinn
Independent
May 27, 2011
It's a bit of a plod, violent and overlong, from which we learn only this: even the Italians dressed badly in the 1970s.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Derek Malcolm
This is London
May 27, 2011
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
David Edwards
Daily Mirror [UK]
May 27, 2011
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Christopher Tookey
Daily Mail [UK]
May 26, 2011
The main reason to see this is a charismatic leading performance by Kim Rossi Stuart. Even so, it makes two hours feel like four.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/5
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
May 26, 2011
None of it's bad: but it leaves unanswered the question of why exactly we should care about this guy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
David Gritten
Daily Telegraph
May 26, 2011
Angels of Evil is just one damned thing after another.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Claire Oakley
Little White Lies
May 26, 2011
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Sophie Ivan
Film4
May 26, 2011
Unlikely to reshape the canon but an entertaining enough retro Italian gangster romp.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Damon Wise
Radio Times
May 26, 2011
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
May 26, 2011
There are a few too many characters to keep straight, and some irrelevant sideroads, but it's a gripping ride
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon
May 25, 2011
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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David Jenkins
Time Out
May 25, 2011
Terrible orch-rock soundtrack aside, it makes for an engrossing if hollow romp.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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