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Mafioso Reviews

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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
March 15, 2007
It takes a while to adjust to its rhythm, but this is essential viewing for cinephiles.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
March 10, 2007
This 1962 film is a marvel, a piece before its time that is incredibly funny while delivering a gut punch of a morality drama.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Pat Graham
Chicago Reader
March 10, 2007
Filmed in Milan, Sicily, and New York, Alberto Lattuada's 1962 black comedy is one of his most critically suc
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
March 9, 2007
Is it a droll drama? A dark comedy? Let's just say that the film's startling shifts in mood fit this movie about a man and country divided. And that it appears to be padrino to The Godfather.
| Original Score: 3/4
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
March 9, 2007
Unclassifiable, ultimately gripping 1962 film about a Sicilian native who discovers he can't resist the corrupting power of what The Godfather would later dub 'this Sicilian thing.'
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
March 9, 2007
I will say this: If you love mob movies, Mafioso is a must.
| Original Score: B+
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
March 9, 2007
Strange, entertaining and disquieting.
Marty Mapes
Movie Habit
March 8, 2007
Try to connect the movie's two parts: the spry comedy and the deadly serious piece of Mafia business
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Andrew Wright
The Stranger (Seattle, WA)
March 7, 2007
Feels fresh as a daisy ... a consistently entertaining satire where the huffing and puffing comedic bluster hides a surprisingly bitter sucker punch.
Andy Klein
Los Angeles CityBeat
February 5, 2007
... as he grows more real and complex, it becomes impossible to regard this very funny film simply as a comedy.
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Melissa Anderson
Time Out
February 3, 2007
The [main] actor's every-paesan persona makes the film's coda such an effectively bittersweet punch line: Behind every local-boy-made-good success story, there apparently lies a history of violence and tears.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/6
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
February 2, 2007
[Actor] Alberto Sordi lifts buffoonery to the level of high art.
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
January 26, 2007
A magnificent film almost no one knows about, this hidden classic offers a wider variety of pleasures than most contemporary works can even aspire to.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Glenn Whipp
Los Angeles Daily News
January 26, 2007
It's another bygone classic that's as fresh today as it was 45 years ago ...
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Doris Toumarkine
Film Journal International
January 22, 2007
An exuberant and always riveting mosaic of comedy, drama, social comment, suspense, psychological insight and travelogue.
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Stephanie Zacharek
January 20, 2007
Watching this buoyantly melancholy dark comedy, originally released in 1962, is like discovering a lost world.
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
January 19, 2007
[Director] Lattuada still moves the story forward with cold and devious skill. He knows how to get you to laugh, and he knows how to make that laugh stick in your throat.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
January 19, 2007
Mafioso isn't likely to receive the critical exultation accorded Army of Shadows, but still it should not be missed.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Kent Turner
January 19, 2007
Even some 40 years after it was made, Mafioso packs heat.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
January 18, 2007
[Alberto Sordi has] a marvelous performance in a marvelous movie, one that sneaks up on you while you're watching it.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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