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August 31, 2016
Argento's "Giallo" isn't scraping the bottom of the director's film barrel ( Argento's Dracula takes that honor), but it's pretty close. The acting is mediocre at best, the cinematography is bland, and the film is just straight up boring.
What saves the film from being a complete dud is Argento's trademark gore making a true return for the first time in a long time.
Overall Giallo is a mess of a film that's best left for Argento completionists.
½ February 22, 2016
Another movie that makes us shake our heads and give up hope for an eventual resurrection of Argento's long-gone moviemaking talent.
½ February 2, 2016
This is an ugly, witless, useless motion picture. Adrien Brody's participation is the only real mystery in this lame, obvious thriller. One of Argento's absolute worst pictures.
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½ November 27, 2015
Argento's latest giallo in English is frustratingly conventional and pointless, with actors who are oddly inexpressive and a plot that cannot even justify its existence, while he never displays the directing skills that made him such a respected cult filmmaker in the first place.
½ August 26, 2015
I wanted to like this so much but sadly, while it's a decent film which looks as good as Argento always does, there are some major flaws. It lacks what I consider to be several key features of Giallo films: a terrifying killer (this one is just silly); a charming heroine/hero; black humour; and a shock twist or ending. Adrien Brody is a good actor but he plays his cop-with-issues too heavy-handedly, whilst Emmanuelle Seigner is an annoying, rather horrible female lead, completely without the vulnerability or spunk a Giallo heroine requires. It was also a huge mistake to have the killer portrayed by Brody too, as even under the heavy prosthetics, it is clearly him, which merely serves as a distraction.
Not terrible but far from one of Argento's classics.
½ August 20, 2015
This was a film that I had always thought somehow couldn't be as bad as all the various reviews portrayed it to be, but holy shit, it was JUST AS BAD as they said and I'm sorry for doubting you, Internet culture.

Just awful, I'd say avoid it.
½ March 19, 2015
What a shame to see Emmanuelle Seigner like this...
October 10, 2014
I love Argentos film but now it seems like he wants to make terrible films i`m pretty sure Brodys character does no police work that actually helps him track down the killer he is truly useless and just happens to be in the right place when the killer shows up.
July 3, 2013
This one is piling on the stereotypes so thickly that the movie is starting to be funny -- but I would still not recommend it.
June 30, 2013
Finally saw Dario Argento's GIALLO. Starring and Produced by Adrien Brody, it's amazing that Argento's standing has fallen so low in the US that even with a recent Oscar winner as star and producer, he can't get a film distributed theatrically in the US. I don't think Argento has made an interesting film since THE STENDHAL SYNDROME but I'm amazed by how much he has dropped all the stylization that makes Argento, Argento. GIALLO is a totally by the book serial killer film. Delete a bit of the violence, and you have a week episode of SVU. The film is that pedestrian. The film isn't dreadful, just flat. I miss the old wigged out Argento and fabulous operatic style. Speaking of which my favorite of his is OPERA. Sublime.
½ June 5, 2013
forget you saw argento's name here. you can remember brody, he fits.
May 22, 2013
Odd movie-Brody looks very good and the city has a lot of beauty, but Brody mumbles through most of the movie and the slasher looks like Brody with a face mask on. Ending is a let down too.
½ May 13, 2013
Why no one is Rome speaks Italian is beyond me. It's also bizarre that the killer looks like the Elephant Man when he's only supposed to have jaundice. What a sad end to Dario Argento's long and storied career.
½ April 28, 2013
Not what Argento fans were hoping for, Giallo is mostly a paint by numbers standard thriller with a few bright red gore scenes thrown in. This would be ok if it weren't for a few things that just didn't work. Emmanuelle Seigner and her role just didn't work for me. Her character didn't make sense and for the most part, was just plain annoying.
Brody does some decent work concidering what he had to work with. And you might not recognize him at all times.
The ending, well, seems tacked on. Almost as if they ran out of money and knew that what they had in the can wouldn't work. Throw together a few scraps for the audience so they have some kind of resolution but it feels out of place.
Not a terrible film, but one expects more from a master of the genre like Argento.
½ April 21, 2013
Giallo (Dario Argento, 2009)

Dario Argento has, over the last couple of decades, become a shadow of his former self, a parody of the director who gave us such classic gialli as Profondo Rosso, Suspiria, and Four Flies on Grey Velvet, three of the finest mysteries ever committed to celluloid. More recent efforts-The Card Player, Mother of Tears, Do You Like Hitchcock?, etc.-have been, at best, silly and derivative. Which made Giallo something of a pleasant surprise. While it is in no way up to, or even close to, the standards Argento set for giallo films in the seventies, it's some of his best work in at least the past two decades.

Plot: a crazed killer, known only as Yellow (Adrien Brody, sporting some fun facial prosthetics) because of his advanced jaundice, uses his job as a taxi driver to abduct beautiful women, take them to his basement torture chamber, and do nasty things to them. His latest victim is Celine (Snakes on a Plane's Elsa Pataky), a supermodel whose sister, Linda (The Diving Bell and the Butterfly's Emmanuelle Seigner), has just gotten into town to see her. Linda enlists the help of a New York detective, Enzo Avolfi (also played by Brody), in trying to find the killer before Celine's life is forfeit.

It has been noted in a few reviews that despite the movie's name, this isn't really a giallo. It does have a number of the hallmarks of the genre (most notably, there's no real motive for the killer to do what he does, he's just nuts), but it does come off more as a mystery/thriller with a couple of moments that tread in torture porn territory. This is not necessarily a bad thing; Argento's attempts at making gialli recently have been pretty miserable failures. It's also Argento's first feature on which he wasn't the principal writer; this turned out to be a very good idea indeed, as the script, especially the final twist (something I can't imagine Argento doing, which made it a double whammy), is markedly superior to Argento's recent efforts. Brody plays the killer very well, overacting very nicely in comparison to the brooding, mumbling detective (I've seen some criticism of Brody's portrayal of the detective, but I had no problems with him here), and while Seigner doesn't turn in her best effort, she does well enough. While you would be better served watching one of Argento's seventies classics again, this isn't terrible. ** 1/2
½ March 30, 2013
Absolutely abysmal - what was Adrien Brody thinking?
February 24, 2013
It's always sad to watch somebody you love grow old and begin to lose trace of their former self. Dario Argento is sadly going through this phase. Once one of the finest horror directors on the planet making numerous classics like The Bird with the Crystal Plumage and Suspiria, Argento is now reduced to making films like Giallo, a slasher film with almost nothing redeemable. Following a detective on the case of a brutal, jaundiced serial killer, Giallo is cheap torture at its worst.

Adrien Brody plays dual roles; melodramatic but at least passable as the detective, but absolutely abysmal as the rasping voiced, grotesquely deformed killer, angry due to the nickname "yellow" (not giallo, the Italian version which gives its name to the film and would make more sense). The only other performance of note is Emmanuelle Seigner as the girl whose sister is taken by Giallo. She is also terrible. One thing that is usually redeeming in any Argento film is the violence; stylish set pieces and inventive gore have littered his career throughout. Think of the classic scenes: the opening double murder of Suspiria, the elevator decapitation of Deep Red, even the train murder of Cat O' Nine Tails. Even when the film isn't firing on all cylinders, you can at least expect a brilliant set piece to redeem it slightly. Not in Giallo; just a series of grungy torture scenes in dim rooms, with an emphasis on nasty gore over style. The big confrontation is a lame rooftop meeting that lasts all of thirty seconds, and the ending, which could redeem it, is one of the most anticlimactic, pointless endings I've ever seen on a horror film. It makes the ending to 80's effort Phenomena look genius in comparision.

If you're a diehard Argento fan, avoid this film, to avoid seeing the master of horror reduced to making cheap, sleazy, depressing tortue films with no merit. If you're looking into Argento films, check out his late 60's and 70's output to see some horror masterpieces. If you're a torture fan, go watch The Horseman or The Loved Ones, to see how a torture film should be done. Unless you're a strong Adrien Brody fan, just avoid Giallo full stop.
½ February 24, 2013
Apart from having some kind of excuse planted in the plot the title is really a tribute to italian exploitation movies (commonly called 'giallo'), Dario Argento himself being an influential figure of the genre. Its a serial crime thriller, but not especially good one. If you considered watching it just for Brody or Seigner, then you can skip it easily. For hard-core exploitation fans - ok to watch, for others, nothing special.
February 13, 2013
It's not one of his best films but it's not as bad as some reviews have made out.
January 31, 2013
Once considered the Master of Italian Horror, Dario Argento has since slipped into a long downward spiral of uninspired thrillers that lack the director's particular flare for the theatrical. GIALLO is no different, just another watered-down attempt to rekindle a failing career. Adrien Brody stars as Inspector Enzo Avolfi, an obsessed detective that has been charged with bringing in a sadistic serial killer who has recently kidnapped his latest victim. Each of the girls have been beautiful models and actresses, leading Avolfi to believe that his killer may have some form of physical deformity, but he will have to rely on the help of the victim's sister to find the man they call 'Yellow.' Were it simply up to the filming and acting, GIALLO may have passed as another routine (though underwhelming) thriller, however the poor plot construction is impossible to ignore. Avolfi may as well not have been in the film at all, when the real detective work is left to Emmanuelle Seigner as Linda. Brody and Seigner appear to be just as unimpressed with the script as the audience, with absolutely no range in emotion as they easily uncover the inept clues. Argento throws in a splash of blood but no sense of style whatsoever. It all leads up to the director's most anti-climactic ending ever, which is sure to enrage those viewers who sat by long enough to give the film a chance.
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