Gomorrah (Gomorra) Reviews

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Stuart Klawans
The Nation
November 24, 2014
The camera's performance, like that of the actors, keeps growing in scale and expressivity, even as life gets worse and worse.
Will Leitch
June 22, 2013
This might be one of those movies that are more fun to praise than they actually are to watch.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Al Alexander
The Patriot Ledger
May 26, 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 | Original Score: A-
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
August 16, 2011
A thrillingly bleak crime pic.
Mike Edwards
What Culture
April 8, 2011
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 | Original Score: 4/5
Nick Rogers
September 24, 2010
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
June 13, 2010
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 8.6/10
Jeffrey Chen
Window to the Movies
March 3, 2010
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Lee Marshall
Screen International
December 16, 2009
Probably the most authentic and unsentimental mafia movie ever to come out of Italy.
Christopher Long
Movie Metropolis
November 22, 2009
Check that omerta b.s. at the door. This is all about the bottom line.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
June 30, 2009
Un film à la fois lourd, tragique et hautement instructif figurant assurément parmi les plus marquants à avoir été réalisés sur le sujet.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Enrique Buchichio
Uruguay Total
June 4, 2009
Dicen mucho más sobre la Camorra las leyendas finales del film que las dos horas y pico que les precedieron.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Nick Dent
Time Out Sydney
May 22, 2009
The result, while admirable, is curiously flat and unengaging.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Des Partridge
Daily Telegraph (Australia)
May 15, 2009
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Philippa Hawker
The Age (Australia)
May 15, 2009
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Julie Rigg
MovieTime, ABC Radio National
May 14, 2009
Could Gomorrah and Il Divo signal the return of Italian political cinema? Here's hoping.
Des Partridge
Courier Mail (Australia)
May 13, 2009
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Margaret Pomeranz
At the Movies (Australia)
May 13, 2009
The portrait it paints of this society in the grip of this tawdry but immensely powerful and rich organization is scary indeed.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Hernán Alcerreca
FILMINK (Australia)
May 13, 2009
Gomorrha transcends its medium and evidences humanity at its most despicable, and rates as an unconventional and unmissable instant classic.
Michael Smith
Tulsa World
May 11, 2009
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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