Gomorrah (Gomorra) Reviews

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October 3, 2019
This is a bleak look at a putrid culture and the way its black tentacles extend throughout Italy.
July 7, 2019
Craft-wise it's solid, but beyond in-house intrigue there's not an awful lot going on beneath the surface.
November 4, 2018
The documentary aesthetic, multi-layered storytelling and nihilism ensures that the action is satisfyingly disorientating.
August 23, 2018
There is nothing grand or operatic about Gomorrah and, as a result, it is poundingly powerful. It is heartless yet gripping, off-hand yet peculiarly intimate, and courageous in the way it presents itself.
May 17, 2018
Highly conscious of how it portrays the mafia, Garone's film serves as a useful antidote for those of us who watch and love movies that transform murderers into mythic figures.
March 20, 2018
A cruel, ruthless portrait and per the serious threats received by the author of the homonymous book ... true. [Full review in Spanish]
January 2, 2018
It's been a while since I first saw this brutal slice of social realism in Cannes. And it left an indelible impression, if not an urgent desire to see it again.
October 10, 2017
... Matteo Garrone's Gomorrah grabs you with a strong sense of visual expressiveness and never ceases to let go...
July 29, 2016
The Camorra grinds up the lives it touches, including those who take the gangsters as their role models for success.
October 7, 2015
"Gomorrah" soberly shows the low-life thugs for what they really are, resisting the convention of casting them as anti-heroes in Scorsese or Tarantino land.
November 24, 2014
The camera's performance, like that of the actors, keeps growing in scale and expressivity, even as life gets worse and worse.
June 22, 2013
This might be one of those movies that are more fun to praise than they actually are to watch.
May 26, 2013
Matteo Garrone doesn't so much reinvent the gangster genre as much as he reimagines it, taking all the usual trimmings and turning them inside out.
August 16, 2011
A thrillingly bleak crime pic.
April 8, 2011
It is a full and frank indictment of a system that has not just failed but utterly decayed and is breeding more and more criminals.
September 24, 2010
Thug-life fantasies here provide lures into ruthlessly complex realities and rigmaroles - slamming characters' faces into the rug before it's pulled from beneath them. The notion that anybody could be a don dies in a blaze of energy, rage and ambition.
June 13, 2010
Despite its disjointed structure, Gomorrah comes to a narrative convergence without ever actually having to bring its stories together. Each climaxes independently, yet it all feels like one piece.
March 18, 2010
March 3, 2010
By fashioning its stories to get in as much impact as possible, mostly from the stark ugliness of their realities and their bold endings, the movie achieves a satisfying level of effectiveness.
December 16, 2009
Probably the most authentic and unsentimental mafia movie ever to come out of Italy.
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