Black Souls Reviews

October 26, 2015
This Mafia drama sets out to strip away any hint of glamour.
May 21, 2015
Though the content of the typical mob movie can shock with its brutality and perversity, the tragic arc ultimately reinforces traditional values while allowing a vicarious indulgence in the taboo.
May 7, 2015
Writer-director Franceso Munzi has particularized the familial relationships enough for it to stand on its own. (As Tolstoy wrote, all happy crime families are the same but each unhappy crime family is unhappy in its own way.)
May 7, 2015
Black Souls is above all the story of a family divided, a fraternal knot that can be untied only through tragedy.
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 23, 2015
Broodingly effective as a crime drama because it's driven by family dynamics as much as the mechanics of transgression.
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
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 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
"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.