Crime Novel Reviews

October 20, 2007
It's hard to get much juice when it's all quick slice-and-dice in the first half-hour. . . . the moral slipperiness between criminal and politician, thug and cop, just doesn't ooze out here beyond all the blood.
September 28, 2007
Italija dobila svog "Kuma" i "Dobre momke"
July 20, 2007
In his eighth directorial effort, Romanzo Criminale, Placido takes aim at terrorism in his country during the 1970s . Though the proceedings are fascinating and powerful, it's unable to maintain momentum throughout its over two hours running time.
July 6, 2007
The universal nature of crime -- and its dark appeal -- is driven home with bullets and bravado.
July 6, 2007
The electrifying promise of the opening scenes gives way to tedium.
July 6, 2007
In short, Romanzo Criminale is interesting at first before overstaying its welcome and growing ever more tedious.
December 30, 2006
An ambitious, bloody and engrossing work.
November 11, 2006
Revenge is a dish served once too often in Romanzo Criminale, an Italian crime epic that runs out of appeal well before it runs out of ammo.
November 4, 2006
It is very murky stuff, and Placido could and should have explained the conspiracy theory a little more. Great performances, though, from Kim Rossi Stuart and Jasmine Trinca as his forlorn lover Roberta.
November 2, 2006
The storytelling here is murkier than required, causing the pace to flag alarmingly in the second half.
November 2, 2006
Exciting, impressively directed gangster epic with superb performances and a soundtrack ripped straight from Scorsese's iTunes.
April 28, 2006
A rowdy, rollicking throwback to the '70s "poliziotteschi" crime genre... you'll have heaps of fun until it disappears from your mind (right around the closing credits).
April 25, 2006
What elevates Romanzo criminale above many other, more generic stories is its sense of history, which may in part be due to the work of screenwriters Petraglia and Rulli of La meglio gioventu-fame.
April 25, 2006
First half plays as a respectable addition to the classic ensemble gangland genre, offering a gangster's-eye view of recent Italo history.
April 25, 2006
Even though the story reputedly portrays a real gang of street punks that did rise to some power in Rome from 1977-92, the movie feels totally generic.