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Angel of Evil (2011)

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Director Michele Placido and actor Kim Rossi Stuart team up to tell the tale of notorious Italian outlaw Renato Vallanzasca, whose penchant for bold crimes, daring prison breaks, and extravagant showmanship transformed him into an underworld celebrity in the 1970s. Vallanzasca was just nine years old when he and a group of mischievous friends snuck into a local circus to free a tiger, but that fateful day marked the beginning of a spectacular criminal career. Subsequently sent to a juvenile detention facility, Vallanzasca soon rounded up a gang comprised of familiar deviants upon his release, and quickly rose through the ranks of Italy's criminal elite. With the stunning Consuelo (Valeria Solarino) by Vallanzasca's side, not even San Vittore can hold the slippery desperado. And though Vallanzasca's gang would live the high life for a while, the impulsive leader would ultimately seal his own fate when he ruthlessly killed two policemen in a Dalmine tool booth. Having made a sworn enemy out of rival gangster Francis Turatello (Francesco Scianna), Vallanzasca strives to end the rivalry after being incarcerated in Rebibbia Prison. In and out of prison in the decades that followed, Vallanzasca found his life as a fugitive drawing to a close after reconnecting with his old friend Antonella D'Agostino (Paz Vega), whom he would later wed in a civil ceremony. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
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R (for strong brutal violence, pervasive language, some sexual content, nudity and drug use)
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Art House & International , Drama
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Cast

Kim Rossi Stuart
as Renato Vallanzasca
Paz Vega
as Antonella D'Agostino
Valeria Solarino
as Consuelo
Francesco Scianna
as Francis Turatello
Gaetano Bruno
as Fausto
Nicola Acunzo
as Rosario
Monica Barladeanu
as Nicoletta
Gerardo Amato
as Renato's Father
Adriana De Guinn
as Renato's Mother
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All Critics (23) | Top Critics (6)

What is missing is any sort of psychological insight. Just what made Renato run? You won't find out here.

Full Review… | June 17, 2011
New York Post
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To borrow Robert Evans's famous quotation about "The Godfather," you can smell the spaghetti, but less sauce might have helped.

Full Review… | June 16, 2011
New York Times
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Gangster clichés fly like submachine gun bullets in the Italian crime biopic "Angel of Evil," a restless and hollow rundown of '70s criminal Renato Vallanzasca.

Full Review… | June 16, 2011
Los Angeles Times
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As a tale of squabbling gangsters and prison intrigues, "Angel of Evil" is ordinary.

June 16, 2011
Seattle Times
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You can all but feel the checklist being marked off, and the viewer is never really drawn into the world or made to care what's happening.

Full Review… | June 14, 2011
Village Voice
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Terrible orch-rock soundtrack aside, it makes for an engrossing if hollow romp.

Full Review… | May 25, 2011
Time Out
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Audience Reviews for Angel of Evil

Stylish, thrilling true-crime film based on the story of Italian mobster Renato Vallanzasca. Charismatically played by the superb Kim Rossi Stuart, there's validity in the argument that the film glamourises, sometimes even approves of his crimes. But there's real technical skill in front and behind of the camera and as a piece of cinema it's quite something.

Daniel Parsons
Daniel Parsons

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Kim Rossi Stuart has had enough similar maniac roles already, I think, especially when comes across unimpressive features, like this one.

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WS Wu

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