Romeo Is Bleeding (1993) - Rotten Tomatoes

Romeo Is Bleeding (1993)



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Lena Olin stars as a wicked female mobster who is supposed to be eliminated by a hired hit man (Gary Oldman). Oldman finds that this gal is more than he'd bargained for.more
Rating: R
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Art House & International, Mystery & Suspense, Comedy
Directed By:
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 19, 2002
MGM Home Entertainment


Gary Oldman
as Jack Grimaldi
Lena Olin
as Mona Demarkov
Roy Scheider
as Falcone
Ron Perlman
as US Attorney/Jack's A...
Dennis Farina
as Nick Gazzara
Paul Butler
as Federal Agent Skoura...
Gene Canfield
as Detective John Beech...
Tony Sirico
as Malacci
Victoria Bastel
as Girl No. 1
Katrina Rae
as Girl No. 2
Gary Hope
as Driver
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Critic Reviews for Romeo Is Bleeding

All Critics (35) | Top Critics (11)

The far-fetched plotting eventually goes so far over the top that pic flirts with inventing a new genre of film noir camp.

Full Review… | April 9, 2008
Top Critic

It would be facile to say it substitutes style for content; actually, it substitutes stylishness for style.

Full Review… | April 9, 2008
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Stylistic but ultimately unsatisfying.

April 9, 2008
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

Basically, there's nothing new or revolutionary about Mona.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Romeo Is Bleeding


films like this give noir a bad name. oldman's voiceover is irritating, the script is all over the place and the final result is more sleazy than stylish. almost quit on it a couple times but it kept promising to get better...then went completely off the deep end. the only thing worth watching here is lena olin's psychotic lingerie-clad hitwoman. she's pretty great. what a waste

Stella Dallas

Super Reviewer


Olin is fantastic, but the movie is overcooked.

Steve K

Super Reviewer


Not as good as I remember it was. But of course, Gary Oldman was incredible.

Michael Gildea

Super Reviewer

Romeo Is Bleeding Quotes

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.
– Submitted by Lea L (4 years ago)
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.
– Submitted by Lea L (4 years ago)
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.
– Submitted by Lea L (4 years ago)
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!
– Submitted by Lea L (4 years ago)

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