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Mafioso Reviews

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Keith Uhlich
Slant Magazine
October 21, 2006
Mafioso is many things, but a good movie ain't one of 'em.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4

TV Guide
January 16, 2007
[A] depressing crime drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
March 9, 2007
Strange, entertaining and disquieting.
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
March 15, 2007
It takes a while to adjust to its rhythm, but this is essential viewing for cinephiles.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
February 2, 2007
[Actor] Alberto Sordi lifts buffoonery to the level of high art.
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
May 30, 2007
Director Alberto Lattuada's seriocomic 1962 look at the Sicilian mob lifestyle broke the omerta, providing a look at the sordidly fascinating life of the wiseguy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Aaron Hillis
Premiere Magazine
October 18, 2006
Uproariously delightful... Mafioso isn't a straight black satire of Sicilian culture so much as a suspenseful near-tragedy leavened by the zesty, irreverent wit that helped define the golden age of Italian comedies.
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
April 20, 2007
Mafioso may be 45 years old, but it's as bracingly relevant as anything else in theaters today. Even in the heat of a dry Sicilian summer, the film looks fresh as a lemon tree. And when you bite down hard, it's just as bitter.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
May 24, 2007
No wonder Mafioso vanished without a trace when it was released in 1962; the mordant mobster comedy was about 45 years ahead of its time.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness
December 15, 2006
Lattuada ... crisply addresses relevant issues of national and personal identity while never neglecting his film's underlying humor.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Jim Emerson
March 16, 2007
Nothing quite prepares you for the unique experience of this film. It's an offer that you ... well, you know. Leave the gun, take the cannolis. Mangiate bene.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Kent Turner
January 19, 2007
Even some 40 years after it was made, Mafioso packs heat.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
March 10, 2007
This 1962 film is a marvel, a piece before its time that is incredibly funny while delivering a gut punch of a morality drama.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
March 27, 2007
...a masterpiece film that readily rivals the best modern American gangster film.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
December 15, 2008
Brilliant neglected and underappreciated film about the Sicilian mafia.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
January 16, 2007
Alberto Lattuada's tricky-to-parse Mafioso dates from 1962 but, with its abrupt tonal shifts and disturbing existential premise, this nearly forgotten dark comedy could be the most modern (or at least modernist) movie in town.
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Jan Stuart
January 18, 2007
We can only wonder how Mafioso struck American audiences in its brief 1962 appearance. In 2007, it reveals the universal hallmarks of a classic.
| Original Score: 4/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
January 19, 2007
[Director] Lattuada still moves the story forward with cold and devious skill. He knows how to get you to laugh, and he knows how to make that laugh stick in your throat.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
March 9, 2007
I will say this: If you love mob movies, Mafioso is a must.
| Original Score: B+
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
March 9, 2007
Is it a droll drama? A dark comedy? Let's just say that the film's startling shifts in mood fit this movie about a man and country divided. And that it appears to be padrino to The Godfather.
| Original Score: 3/4
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