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.
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 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.
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 2, 2006
The storytelling here is murkier than required, causing the pace to flag alarmingly in the second half.
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.