Mafioso Reviews

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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
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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
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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-
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
May 5, 2007
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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
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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
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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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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
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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.
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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
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
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
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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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Jan Stuart
Newsday
January 18, 2007
We can only wonder how Mafioso struck American audiences in its brief 1962 appearance. In 2007, it reveals the universal hallmarks of a classic.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
January 17, 2007
It captures, in a stark yet haunting way, the indelible fact that no man is born a mobster.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
January 16, 2007
Alberto Lattuada's tricky-to-parse Mafioso dates from 1962 but, with its abrupt tonal shifts and disturbing existential premise, this nearly forgotten dark comedy could be the most modern (or at least modernist) movie in town.
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
January 16, 2007
It's a farce with a bitter edge -- a farce with no release.
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Eugene Archer
New York Times
October 21, 2006
Alberto Lattuadas incomparable, half-forgotten 1962 crime comedy-travelogue is at once a giddy mixture of farce, satire and opera buffa.
| Original Score: 5/5