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Gomorrah (Gomorra) (2008)

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91

Average Rating: 7.6/10
Reviews Counted: 141
Fresh: 129 | Rotten: 12

Portraying organised crime with an unflinching realism, this gritty and searing Italian crime masterpiece pulls no punches.

98

Average Rating: 8.2/10
Critic Reviews: 40
Fresh: 39 | Rotten: 1

Portraying organised crime with an unflinching realism, this gritty and searing Italian crime masterpiece pulls no punches.

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Adapted from Roberto Saviano's controversial non-fiction book, Matteo Garrone's crime drama Gomorrah examines how organized crime reaches deep into every facet of life in Naples, Italy by telling the tale of over a dozen different characters. Among the main protagonists is a pair of wannabe thugs who take their cue from movie gangsters, a grocery-delivery boy who must learn to kill, and a criminal mastermind who plots to make a fortune while dumping toxic waste near overpopulated communities. ~

Nov 24, 2009

$1.5M

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All Critics (151) | Top Critics (42) | Fresh (129) | Rotten (12) | DVD (10)

Gomorra has its own nerve, as well as the filmmaking intelligence to strip the cliches from its densely packed, authentically inhabited narrative. The new moviegoing year just got one hell of a jolt.

April 10, 2009 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune
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The sense of authenticity in this movie is palpable, but the scenes are sometimes so dark and so impenetrable that it takes a herculean effort to keep up with who's who and what's going on.

April 9, 2009 Full Review Source: Film.com
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Gomorrah manages to be artful without being arty.

March 13, 2009 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post
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Garrone's gloomy assessment of the new world order is painfully on target: corruption comes in many guises, and it's as impossible to stop as it is to track.

March 13, 2009 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
Toronto Star
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There's nothing extraneous about it, nothing excessive in its violence or its art. It's as desolate as it needs to be and no more.

March 13, 2009 Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle
Houston Chronicle
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An unforgettable portrayal of the unglamorous gangster life, which is often short and never sweet.

March 13, 2009 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
Globe and Mail
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This might be one of those movies that are more fun to praise than they actually are to watch.

June 22, 2013 Full Review Source: Deadspin
Deadspin

Matteo Garrone doesn't so much reinvent the gangster genre as much as he reimagines it, taking all the usual trimmings and turning them inside out.

May 26, 2013 Full Review Source: The Patriot Ledger
The Patriot Ledger

A thrillingly bleak crime pic.

August 16, 2011 Full Review Source: East Bay Express
East Bay Express

It is a full and frank indictment of a system that has not just failed but utterly decayed and is breeding more and more criminals.

April 8, 2011 Full Review Source: What Culture
What Culture

Thug-life fantasies here provide lures into ruthlessly complex realities and rigmaroles - slamming characters' faces into the rug before it's pulled from beneath them. The notion that anybody could be a don dies in a blaze of energy, rage and ambition.

September 24, 2010 Full Review Source: Suite101.com
Suite101.com

Despite its disjointed structure, Gomorrah comes to a narrative convergence without ever actually having to bring its stories together. Each climaxes independently, yet it all feels like one piece.

June 13, 2010 Full Review Source: DCist

By fashioning its stories to get in as much impact as possible, mostly from the stark ugliness of their realities and their bold endings, the movie achieves a satisfying level of effectiveness.

March 3, 2010 Full Review Source: Window to the Movies
Window to the Movies

Probably the most authentic and unsentimental mafia movie ever to come out of Italy.

December 16, 2009 Full Review Source: Screen International
Screen International

Check that omerta b.s. at the door. This is all about the bottom line.

November 22, 2009 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

Un film à la fois lourd, tragique et hautement instructif figurant assurément parmi les plus marquants à avoir été réalisés sur le sujet.

June 30, 2009 Full Review Source: Panorama

Dicen mucho más sobre la Camorra las leyendas finales del film que las dos horas y pico que les precedieron.

June 4, 2009 Full Review Source: Uruguay Total
Uruguay Total

The result, while admirable, is curiously flat and unengaging.

May 22, 2009 Full Review Source: Time Out Sydney
Time Out Sydney

It is a challenging approach, and while there is suspense and action (including a spectacular car crash), there is frustration as a result of the regular cutting from one story to another.

May 15, 2009 Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph (Australia) | Comment (1)
Daily Telegraph (Australia)

We don't get to know the characters, exactly, but we experience something more interesting: we are brought into disconcerting, almost documentary proximity with the lives they lead and the worlds they inhabit.

May 15, 2009 Full Review Source: The Age (Australia)
The Age (Australia)

Could Gomorrah and Il Divo signal the return of Italian political cinema? Here's hoping.

May 14, 2009 Full Review Source: MovieTime, ABC Radio National | Comment (1)
MovieTime, ABC Radio National

It's a challenging approach, and while there are some terrific moments within the film, as well as suspense and action (including a spectacularly staged car crash), there's also frustration as a result of the regular cutting from one story to another.

May 13, 2009 Full Review Source: Courier Mail (Australia)
Courier Mail (Australia)

The portrait it paints of this society in the grip of this tawdry but immensely powerful and rich organization is scary indeed.

May 13, 2009 Full Review Source: At the Movies (Australia)
At the Movies (Australia)

Gomorrha transcends its medium and evidences humanity at its most despicable, and rates as an unconventional and unmissable instant classic.

May 13, 2009 Full Review Source: FILMINK (Australia)
FILMINK (Australia)

The film's power in capturing some of the seemingly banal moments of everyday life punctuate with bang-bang fervor the human loss that accumulates later.

May 11, 2009 Full Review Source: Tulsa World
Tulsa World

The sinewy production could almost pass for documentary %u2013 if only doco makers could get such amazing access. But that's why the film has been hailed as groundbreaking. It is also heartbreaking.

May 8, 2009 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

Audience Reviews for Gomorrah (Gomorra)

The mafia has often been romanticized through Hollywood, the image of gangsters and hard edged criminals have been shrouded in legendary status among filmgoers since The Godfather. With Gomorra, the viewer gets an unflinching look at the criminal underworld. The film is quite raw and gritty, and it adds realism, to its story, something that is refreshing in the genre. The performances on-screen are very good, and Gomorra is one of the finest crime films that I've seen in quite some time. The cast do a fine job in their performances, and bring something unique to the screen. Gomorra is a memorable crime film that successfully strips away the romantic qualities of what you expect from the mob and delivers an intense picture that is raw, gritty and ugly. The film succeeds on many levels and it is a crime drama that you won't forget. This is a worthwhile film to watch and it will certainly entertain genre fans looking for something different. Gomorra succeeds on many levels, and if you're looking for a very well acted movie that tells an unflinching story of crime, then this film is the one to watch. Crime films are always hard to pull off, but this one definitely succeeds on many levels. The direction is engaging and the cast elevate the material significantly. Although at time times there are aspects that should have been better, the film manages to tell an engaging storyline that will entertain genre fans. Gomorra is an accomplished film that reinvents the genre. The film at times could have been better, but overall this is a highly entertaining crime film that you shouldn't pass up.
October 13, 2013
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Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

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A sprawling, multi-layered epic in the vein of "Goodfellas" concerning the rampant crime taking place in Italy, involving five stories and over a dozen characters and showing how each one connects to the illegal activities. Although perhaps a little too big and too overpopulated, this is still a rock-solid film about how pervasive crime environments swallow everything in their paths, and sometimes involve youth that get tricked into thinking it is something that anybody can do as long as they have a gun in hand. This is a film that probably deserves several views, because there is a lot going on and the way it interweaves between stories might lose some viewers. Overall a good film, and one that deserves a watch.
September 2, 2013
Dan Schultz

Super Reviewer

Histórias de pessoas que tentam sobreviver num suburbio, onde a lei do mais forte à (C) a que vale. Matteo Garrone nos mostra uma realidade que poucos conhecem das familias de classe baixa mà (C)dia italianas, que enfrentam a mafia napolitana. Realista e polêmico.
May 7, 2011
Lucas Martins

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