Gomorrah (Gomorra) Reviews

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March 18, 2010
May 15, 2009
We don't get to know the characters, exactly, but we experience something more interesting: we are brought into disconcerting, almost documentary proximity with the lives they lead and the worlds they inhabit.
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.
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.
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.
March 13, 2009
Gomorrah manages to be artful without being arty.
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.
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.
March 13, 2009
An unforgettable portrayal of the unglamorous gangster life, which is often short and never sweet.
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.
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.
March 9, 2009
This is gritty, it's raw, it's incredibly realistic and it's terrifying and stylized.
March 6, 2009
Stark, raw and brutal, this isn't Hollywood's romantic version of the Mafia.
March 6, 2009
It upends everything you think you know about the mob and mob movies.
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.
February 27, 2009
What the director has created is a ferocious portrait of total corruption.
February 27, 2009
Hell seems terribly familiar in Gomorrah, an Italian gangster film with a near-documentary feel.
February 26, 2009
It's ugly. It's powerful. But it's hard to look away.
February 26, 2009
If The Godfather is the operatic pinnacle of gangster movies, let Gomorrah be its biblical counterpart.
February 26, 2009
Directed by Matteo Garrone, Gomorrah is both a staggering realist thriller and a jeremiad.
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