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A comparatively commercial entry from director John Cassavetes, Gloria's pulpy pleasures are elevated by his observant touch and Gena Rowlands' galvanizing star performance. Read critic reviews

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A gangster's tough ex-girlfriend (Gena Rowlands) protects an orphaned Puerto Rican boy (John Adames) the mob wants dead.

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Gena Rowlands
Gloria Swenson
Buck Henry
Jack Dawn
Lupe Garnica
Margarita Vargas
Tom Noonan
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Ronald Maccone
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Critic Reviews for Gloria

All Critics (27) | Top Critics (6) | Fresh (25) | Rotten (2)

  • The plot is a paranoid endgame in which the ubiquitous Mafia, in the know about everything before it happens, is the instrument of terminal destiny and running from death is as absurd as waiting for it.

    April 20, 2015 | Full Review…
  • Gena Rowlands is excellent as the tired woman who decides to take her chances for the boy. The kid is a right blend of understanding and childish tantrums.

    May 27, 2008 | Full Review…
  • John Cassavetes clearly set out to make a commercial film, but, intransigent personality that he was, he turned in a slice of pure avant-garde.

    May 27, 2008 | Full Review…
  • It's clear from the opening montage that we're in the hands of a master.

    June 24, 2006 | Full Review…
  • More than any other recent film I can think of, Gloria is a movie that depends on the mood you're in when you see it.

    August 30, 2004 | Rating: 3/5
  • Indie godfather John Cassavetes transforms Gena Rowlands into his own little Pam Grier in this oddly sweet-and-sour, PG-rated mob melodrama.

    March 14, 2003 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Gloria

  • Jul 26, 2020
    Obviously Rowlands is iconic in nearly every moment she's on screen but its Cassavetes' direction that gives the movie its edge. Most other directors would end up making something more predictable and maudlin.
    Alec B Super Reviewer
  • Feb 18, 2013
    I like "non-studio film Cassavetes" much better.
    Jonathan H Super Reviewer
  • Jul 10, 2008
    Although the re-make is not that bad, I prefer this version of "Gloria" with Gena Rowlands.
    Leo L Super Reviewer
  • Apr 25, 2008
    Indie godfather John Cassavetes transforms Gena Rowlands into his own little Pam Grier in this odd mob melodrama with, naturally, an orphan kid. Rowlands is an extremely classy ex-mob dame with a hair-trigger temper and a tongue of fire. If there is any dead weight in the film, it's child actor John Adams, screeching and squeaking that he's "the man" and knows what to do. But what child actor isn't irritating? In the end, Gloria isn't a major effort or breakthrough film, it's just Cassavetes creating a fun action/chase movie that features a female heroine with a set of brass balls. <a href="http://s273.photobucket.com/albums/jj203/goji9000/?action=view¤t=Gloria.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="http://i273.photobucket.com/albums/jj203/goji9000/Gloria.jpg" border="0" alt="Photobucket"></a>
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