Romeo Is Bleeding (1994)
Average Rating: 4.5/10
Reviews Counted: 35
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Average Rating: 3.6/10
Critic Reviews: 11
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Average Rating: 3.3/5
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New York cop Jack Grimaldi (Gary Oldman) has a nice home, a stunning wife Natalie (Annabella Sciorra), and a sweet, if stupid mistress, Sheri (Juliette Lewis). Jack also earns extra money by betraying mob witnesses to Mafia-boss Don Falcone (Roy Scheider). Assigned to guard the viciously sexy Russian-born hit woman, Mona Demarkov (Lena Olin), Jack is almost instantly seduced and allows Mona to escape. Falcone orders Jack to find and kill Mona, and threatens to murder him if he fails. Mona offers
Jan 1, 1993 Wide
Mar 19, 2002
MGM Home Entertainment
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The far-fetched plotting eventually goes so far over the top that pic flirts with inventing a new genre of film noir camp.
It would be facile to say it substitutes style for content; actually, it substitutes stylishness for style.
Stylistic but ultimately unsatisfying.
Hilary Henkin's script isn't as smart as it thinks it is, and only Olin's breathtakingly excessive femme fatale hits the right note of campy panache.
For all its promise, and for all the brittle beauty of Dariusz Wolski's cinematography, Romeo Is Bleeding eventually collapses under the weight of its violent affectations.
Romeo is most notable for being the first film of the year to cash in on post-Bobbitt fears of castrating (and worse) females.
It's a senseless, tasteless and demented postmodern noir that has about as much class as a gimpy $10 Times Square hooker.
This is a battle-of-the-sexes movie played out at such a pitch of pervsity and amorality that it ultimately becomes rather laughable.
The cast tries to make up for the script's hollowness by hurling themselves headlong into the sort of bloody, sweating, spittle-spewing performances that can sometimes turn thin material into personal triumphs, but to little avail.
An underrated gem. Gary Oldman is amazing.
Film noir at its worst and most excessive, an exercise in style, marred by ridicuolous voiceover narration and incomprehensible plot points; Lena Olin gives a sexy over the top performance.
Perversely fascinating. Solid direction from Peter Medak.
Offbeat noir buoyed mostly by its offbeat actors
Cynicism, greed and wonderfully florid dialogue radiate throughout every scene in director Peter Medak's quirky and constantly inventive new film noir.
Olin is one of the most vile female protagonists to ever walk out on a screen. Made little chinchillas run up and down my spine.
With a tighter pace and a few more 'kicks' this one would be a true cult favourite.
A film that really doesn't seem to know whether it wants to be a noir thriller or a parody of a noir thriller, and a script that is an absolute mess.
Audience Reviews for Romeo Is Bleeding
- Jack Grimaldi: I try to stop thinking. Try to get my head straight. If I could just get my head straight, then everything would be all right.
- Jack Grimaldi: People think that Hell is fire and brimstone and the Devil poking you in the butt with a pitchfork, but it's not. Hell is when you should have walked away, but you didn't.
- Jack Grimaldi: Maybe it was just his imagination, but whenever he'd pull up that plate, he'd hear a sucking sound. It started out small, with the first 65 grand. And then it got bigger. Pretty soon it was the only thing he heard. Pretty soon, all he could think about was feeding the hole. He didn't think about when he was a kid. He didn't think about the guys who he started who were still on the up-and-up. He didn't think about the dreams he had with Natalie. He didn't think about those Feds lying there. Most of all, he didn't think about Mona Demarkov, because the way he saw it, she was done. Just another 65 grand for the hole. He fed the hole and he made the hole happy. It was the only thing he knew how to make happy.
- Jack Grimaldi: You ever seen a ghost? There's this guy. Comes in here. Every May 1st. Every May 1st, every December 1st. Like clock work. What's he want? Well, frankly, I ain't exactly sure. He had the strangest story to tell. He left this here and I keep it for him. How do I know he'll be back? What's that? A woman was involved? Hm, just fits. I was married once myself. Beautiful girl. By the way my name is Jim Daurighty. I run this place. His name? Sure. His name is Jack Grimaldi. Hey, there he is now!
- Jack Grimaldi: [hallucinating Natalie entering through the door, and narrating with great sadness and tears in his voice] Sometimes she stays a little longer. But not too often.
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