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Gomorrah (Gomorra) Reviews

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Dave Calhoun
Time Out
March 18, 2010
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
May 1, 2009
Over the course of this sprawling mosaic about the world's most fearsome Mafia organization, the Neapolitan Camorra, [director] Garrone makes the business look like a beast of many tentacles, spreading misery and death to everyone it touches.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
April 10, 2009
Gomorra has its own nerve, as well as the filmmaking intelligence to strip the cliches from its densely packed, authentically inhabited narrative. The new moviegoing year just got one hell of a jolt.
| Original Score: 4/4
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April 9, 2009
The sense of authenticity in this movie is palpable, but the scenes are sometimes so dark and so impenetrable that it takes a herculean effort to keep up with who's who and what's going on.
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Jan Stuart
Washington Post
March 13, 2009
Gomorrah manages to be artful without being arty.
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
March 13, 2009
Garrone's gloomy assessment of the new world order is painfully on target: corruption comes in many guises, and it's as impossible to stop as it is to track.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
March 13, 2009
There's nothing extraneous about it, nothing excessive in its violence or its art. It's as desolate as it needs to be and no more.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Jennie Punter
Globe and Mail
March 13, 2009
An unforgettable portrayal of the unglamorous gangster life, which is often short and never sweet.
| Original Score: 4/4
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
March 13, 2009
The film's multiple strands might reflect a trend in multiple story lines. And it works to persuasively argue just how pervasive the corruption is in this community.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
March 12, 2009
Gomorrah is stark and powerful filmmaking, a welcome alternative to romanticized American mob melodramas.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ben Mankiewicz
At the Movies
March 9, 2009
You can't escape the Comorra -- and with patience, at the end of the film, that point will be depressingly and effectively clear. I think you should see it.
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Ben Lyons
At the Movies
March 9, 2009
This is gritty, it's raw, it's incredibly realistic and it's terrifying and stylized.
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Rafer Guzman
Newsday
March 6, 2009
Stark, raw and brutal, this isn't Hollywood's romantic version of the Mafia.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
March 6, 2009
It upends everything you think you know about the mob and mob movies.
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
March 2, 2009
[Director] Garrone's messy storytelling compounds an already messy history. He's a powerful filmmaker, though, and a fearless one. He knows where the bodies are buried -- and he shows them to us.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle
February 27, 2009
What the director has created is a ferocious portrait of total corruption.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
February 27, 2009
Hell seems terribly familiar in Gomorrah, an Italian gangster film with a near-documentary feel.
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
February 26, 2009
It's ugly. It's powerful. But it's hard to look away.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Ted Fry
Seattle Times
February 26, 2009
If The Godfather is the operatic pinnacle of gangster movies, let Gomorrah be its biblical counterpart.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
February 26, 2009
Directed by Matteo Garrone, Gomorrah is both a staggering realist thriller and a jeremiad.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
February 26, 2009
The film is a curative for the romanticism of The Godfather and Scarface.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Entertainment Weekly
February 20, 2009
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
February 18, 2009
Don't look for resolution, romanticism, or comic relief in this underworld tour, shot 
 with a fast, you-are-there look and no pity; you won't find picaresque goodfellas or Sopranos-style ziti eaters here. Instead, there's the power of damning truth
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Anthony Lane
New Yorker
February 17, 2009
The result demands a patient viewing, and maybe more than one; only after a second dose did I get the measure of [director] Garrone's mastery, and realize how far he has surpassed, not merely honored, the author's courageous toil.
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
February 13, 2009
The malignity can be oppressive -- this is a far cry from Fellini finding poignant uplift in the slums -- but the dramatic structure is complex, the details are instructive, and the sense of tragedy is momentous.
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
February 13, 2009
Gomorrah takes the time-honored Mafia genre and gives it an all- new twist.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
February 13, 2009
Darkly compelling.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
February 13, 2009
Gomorrah is a corrosive and ferociously unsentimental fictional look at Italian organized crime.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
February 13, 2009
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Amy Nicholson
I.E. Weekly
February 12, 2009
As even-toned as a documentary, it plays like the Short Cuts of Sicily; we're not sure who we're watching or why, but by the bloody end we're caught in a web of violent fools
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
February 12, 2009
An operatic film about organized crime, an ambitious work of social, physical and spiritual geography.
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David Fear
Time Out
February 11, 2009
Every story strand informs the others, creating a devastating 360-degree view of how organized crime impacts the country's everyday people.
| Original Score: 5/6
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
February 10, 2009
Detailing daily life inside a criminal state, it's a new sort of gangster film for America to ponder.
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
February 9, 2009
Given the breadth of the story, the characters never achieve much depth, but they're part of a larger pattern: the younger ones are eager to find their way into the organization while the older ones are desperate to find their way out.
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Jay Weissberg
Variety
February 9, 2009
Utilizing a mesmerizing documentary style that studiously avoids glamorizing the horrors, Garrone cherrypicks episodes from Saviano's muckraking tract, building to a chillingly matter-of-fact crescendo of violence.
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Natasha Senjanovic
Hollywood Reporter
February 9, 2009
Matteo Garrone's powerful and authentic Gomorra one of the most realistic films on organized crime to hit screens
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
February 9, 2009
Next to HBO's The Wire, which depicted an enormous financial ladder and also brought to life the characters on every rung, the movie is small potatoes: excellent journalism, so-so art.
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
February 4, 2009
A very localized canvas of the 'criminal empire' with five interwoven strands of the narrative, each one leading to the same fatalistic ending, attesting to the ultimate invincibility and inevitability of this 'empire.'
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
December 19, 2008
The fingerprints of the Camorra are everywhere, this film wants us to know, and its grip is lethal.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
December 18, 2008
Visceral but disciplined and beautifully acted.
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
February 13, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Boston Globe
February 13, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4