Crime Novel Reviews

July 6, 2007
The universal nature of crime -- and its dark appeal -- is driven home with bullets and bravado.
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 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.
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.