Mafioso Reviews

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
December 15, 2008
Brilliant neglected and underappreciated film about the Sicilian mafia.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Michele Kenner
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
July 12, 2007
A gentle Italian comedy from 1962 that takes a sobering, chilling turn that would make Michael Corleone proud.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ben Kenigsberg
Time Out
July 12, 2007
Director Lattuada was reportedly acclaimed for his oddball tonal shifts, which Mafioso offers in spades.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/6
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
May 30, 2007
Director Alberto Lattuada's seriocomic 1962 look at the Sicilian mob lifestyle broke the omerta, providing a look at the sordidly fascinating life of the wiseguy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
May 24, 2007
Director Alberto Lattuada balances the satirical and shocking aspects of the story on a stiletto's edge.
| Original Score: 3/4
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
May 24, 2007
No wonder Mafioso vanished without a trace when it was released in 1962; the mordant mobster comedy was about 45 years ahead of its time.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Shawn Levy
Oregonian
May 18, 2007
It feels like a comedy, and then a dark drama, and then, no, wait . . . a semicomic documentary, right? The effect, carried brilliantly by Sordi, is delightful.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Robert W. Butler
Kansas City Star
May 18, 2007
Some viewers may feel betrayed when the film's light-hearted and gently mocking attitude suddenly turns deadly serious. I thought it was breathtaking.
| Original Score: 3/4
Jack Garner
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
May 11, 2007
If you're curious to see the roots of Mafia-related cinema (or even if you simply enjoy a well-made, well-acted film), don't miss Mafioso, a fresh, and still engaging comedy-drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
May 11, 2007
The transitional gears never grind. They just keep clicking until you know you're along for the entire ride.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle
April 26, 2007
The sort of masterpiece that will obliterate memories of lesser, later efforts in the 'meeting the parents' comedy lineage. Brilliant.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
April 26, 2007
The film ripens in an unanticipated way, nimbly shifting from near farce to something quite a bit darker.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
April 20, 2007
Mafioso may be 45 years old, but it's as bracingly relevant as anything else in theaters today. Even in the heat of a dry Sicilian summer, the film looks fresh as a lemon tree. And when you bite down hard, it's just as bitter.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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G. Allen Johnson
San Francisco Chronicle
April 13, 2007
If you crossed Meet the Parents with The Godfather and filmed it 45 years ago in Italian, you might come close to Mafioso, a black-and-white gem from 1962 whose appearance in local theaters is inexplicable but most welcome.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan
March 31, 2007
Mafioso is one of those quirky little films that grow on you as time goes by. Wonderfully shot in black and white by Armando Nannuzzi, whimsically played by Sordi and Bengell, Mafioso will remind you again why you like movies.
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
March 27, 2007
...a masterpiece film that readily rivals the best modern American gangster film.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
March 23, 2007
This is brilliant, subtle acting. And Lattuada's filmmaking matches it, with his blend of neo-realism and easy theatricality. He doesn't waste a shot.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Cynthia Fuchs
PopMatters
March 17, 2007
The black American offers a brief, sharp bit of tragicomic business that only appears unrelated to Nino's dire plot. He has no idea who he is, and even when he finds out, he's committed to silence.
Jim Emerson
RogerEbert.com
March 16, 2007
Nothing quite prepares you for the unique experience of this film. It's an offer that you ... well, you know. Leave the gun, take the cannolis. Mangiate bene.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
March 15, 2007
Mafioso may have been made in another era, but it stands as a classy, even radical rebuke to the film school posers who keep recycling the same tired gangster tropes.
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