Black Souls Reviews

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June 18, 2015
Black Souls, a crime melodrama from Italy in the official festival competition, is a dark journey indeed -- but it does open with one corker of a gag.
June 7, 2015
The tone is pseudo-Sopranos at times, but the oppressive ambience is grippingly sustained.
May 30, 2015
While [Black Souls is] clearly the product of [a] talented [director], I never quite connected with [it].
May 23, 2015
A compelling saga about three generations of a Calabrian crime family consumed by a neverending cycle of violence.
May 22, 2015
A sleek, dark Calabrian family drama in gangster movie form.
May 8, 2015
The cast is foolproof, and the characters are distinctive and appealing, no matter the side of the law they're on.
May 6, 2015
A tough, sober portrait of a culture seeped in deadly traditions that perpetuate themselves, and in which any attempt to escape the cycle merely prolongs it.
May 6, 2015
Solemn, strong Italian film about family, crime and the deep roots of revenge offers widescreen visions and intimate murders, making for a very different Mafia saga.
April 28, 2015
Arrives someplace quite different from traditional revenge tales.
April 23, 2015
Broodingly effective as a crime drama because it's driven by family dynamics as much as the mechanics of transgression.
April 17, 2015
A quiet, contemplative film that shows how one small act of rebellion and violence can escalate and destroy a family. Great performances and cinematography work hampered by an unnecessary twist ending.
April 16, 2015
A somber piece of film poetry about men so invested in a rigid notion of honor and revenge they become trapped in an endless loop of violence.
April 16, 2015
Munzi's meticulous scene-setting allows tension to build gradually, the camera idling on darkly lit interiors and contrasting these spaces with the decaying beauty of similarly long exterior shots of the village.
April 16, 2015
Munzi builds slowly, inexorably, to an ending that's as shocking as it is inevitable. He's more interested in character development, offhand gibes over pasta and wine, than he is 'Goodfellas' shootouts.
April 16, 2015
Tales of Italians and organized crime are, quite frankly, starting to wear thin after years of overuse. But "Black Souls" has a deep and startling soulfulness that, despite its shocking conclusion, is profoundly moving.
April 13, 2015
A real life interpretation of the "Godfather" series that strips away the glamour and leaves only despair.
April 12, 2015
It may not quite have the explosive charm of some of the classics, but Black Souls is an elegant, unsettling addition to the gangster-movie canon. Get on its unique wavelength, and you may find it transfixing.
April 10, 2015
If you're looking for an intelligent, atmospheric, slow-burning crime drama that's anti-Hollywood, Black Souls won't disappoint you.
April 10, 2015
"Black Souls" isn't quite the great film the international cinema buzz machine has touted it to be in some circles, but it is a very good one, the kind that ends with such gravity that you feel its weight for a while after.
April 9, 2015
"Black Souls" is an ominous, well-acted portrait of an ingrown feudal society of violence, retaliation and deadly machismo.
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