Gomorrah (Gomorra) (2008)



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

Movie Info

Five stories weave together to form director Matteo Garrone's Gomorrah, a violent look at the cruel reality endured by the residents of the Province of Naples.

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Art House & International, Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
Written By: Maurizio Braucci, Ugo Chiti, Gianni Di Gregorio, Massimo Gaudioso, Roberto Saviano
In Theaters:
On DVD: Nov 24, 2009
Box Office: $1.5M
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Critic Reviews for Gomorrah (Gomorra)

All Critics (152) | Top Critics (43)

Over the course of this sprawling mosaic about the world's most fearsome Mafia organization, the Neapolitan Camorra, [director] Garrone makes the business look like a beast of many tentacles, spreading misery and death to everyone it touches.

Full Review… | May 1, 2009
AV Club
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The camera's performance, like that of the actors, keeps growing in scale and expressivity, even as life gets worse and worse.

Full Review… | November 24, 2014
The Nation

This might be one of those movies that are more fun to praise than they actually are to watch.

Full Review… | June 22, 2013

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.

Full Review… | May 26, 2013
The Patriot Ledger

A thrillingly bleak crime pic.

Full Review… | August 16, 2011
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.

Full Review… | April 8, 2011
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Audience Reviews for Gomorrah (Gomorra)


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.

Lucas Martins
Lucas Martins

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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.

Alex roy

Super Reviewer


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.

Dan Schultz
Dan Schultz

Super Reviewer

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