Rob the Mob


Rob the Mob (2014)


Critic Consensus: Bolstered by a pair of likable leads and suffused in a warmly nostalgic glow, Rob the Mob is an uneven crime caper that mostly works.


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New York City, 1991. Small-time crooks TOMMY (Pitt) and ROSIE (Arianda) have two things in common: a crazy-passionate love for one another and-after they're caught robbing a florist on Valentine's Day-prison records. Trying to go straight, Rosie lands a job at a debt-collection agency and persuades Tommy to join her. But soon Tommy is skipping his shifts to do something much more interesting-attend the landmark trial of Mafia hit man Sammy "The Bull" Gravano, whose graphic testimony could finally bring down flamboyant Gambino-family boss John Gotti. (c) Millennium Entertainment

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Critic Reviews for Rob the Mob

All Critics (38) | Top Critics (15)

It's a story so outlandish that it needs to be served by a combination of drama and comedy, and "Rob the Mob" finds that balance quite well.

Apr 10, 2014 | Rating: 3/4

As Tommy and Rosie, Pitt and Arianda are just the right kind of nuts, the right kind of dumb, the right kind of desperate and the right kind of in love to make it all go down like pie.

Apr 3, 2014 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
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De Felitta has a feel for this world and its atmosphere, from the clutter and casual ugliness of the streets, to the insularity of the mentality, to the unexpected sweetness and vulnerability of the people.

Apr 3, 2014 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

One of the pleasures of Rob the Mob, director Raymond De Felitta's serio-comic crime drama, is watching Pitt and Arianda as the rambunctious, lovestruck pair who can't believe the scam they've stumbled upon.

Apr 3, 2014 | Rating: 3/4

"Rob the Mob" skims over the lifted-from-the-headlines exploits of an outlaw couple and gleans a humanist drama steeped in sentimentality.

Mar 27, 2014 | Full Review…

A romance about two down-and-outers that reveals the workings of a whole citywide ecosystem of crime and punishment.

Mar 21, 2014 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Rob the Mob


Honestly, I am not a fan of mob movies. I can count those I have seen on one hand. I am truly not interested in watching a movie about these people. Generally. My only reason for watching this was Michael Pitt. I am a fan and I'll give anything he is in a go. I couldn't say I actually liked him in this one as all I could see was the dumb ass true life moron he plays (which is a credit to his acting skills). I mean seriously, who would hold up the mob (or anyone) and show their face and then take personal belongings such as gold watches which could easily be identified as belonging to a particular person - also with no disguise. How did this man honestly expect to get away with that?! It staggers me that this is a true story. Having said that, it was entertaining and kept me watching and I liked the actress who played the girlfriend too - very unusual look and fun character (unfortunately, also dumb as). Slightly amusing (intentionally?), well paced movie. Recommended.

Nicki Marie
Nicki Marie

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A true crime drama, Rob the Mob tells the unlikely story of how two naive small-time criminals ended up bringing down the New York Mafia. While following the criminal trial of John Gotti, ex-con Tommy Uva gets the idea to rob mafia social clubs, and in doing so he accidentally gets a listing of the entire Gambino crime family. Starring Michael Pitt, Nina Arianda, Andy Garcia, and Ray Romano, the film has a decent cast. But the writing is weak, particularly when it comes to the characters. And the storytelling isn't that great either, as it does a poor job at creating suspense. Despite the fascinating real-life events that Rob the Mob is based on, the film has trouble telling it in a compelling and interesting way.

Dann Michalski
Dann Michalski

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True Crime. True Love. True Story. Good Film! There's nothing spectacularly creative about the story here...Excepting it's a pretty spectacular story which actually happened yet most of us, outside of NYC, never heard of. A true story told almost as straightforward as Hollywood can tell anything true which is to say: "sure, it's romanticized, but in a quite palatable way". The fact this is a true story defies all conventional beliefs about The Mob's armor plated invincibility. The real meat of the story is how the blind naiveté of a small time kid with criminal tendencies can decimate the entire hierarchy of that famed Sicilian institution, even doing so in an almost comic fashion. Like all organized crime, even if you cut off the head and most of the body there's always those who remain ready to step up. There's the problem and the viewer just knows this really might go on for a short time, but there will be a reckoning to be dealt with. In spite of this predictability It's an entertaining ride with the gore pretty much parked at the door. It simply is a very solid movie that works and isn't in any way "another mob movie". Rob The Mob has a real heart front and center of which Pitt and Arianda are to be commended for. See this one as it is very good. A Queens couple who specialize in robbing mafia social clubs stumble upon a score bigger than they could ever imagine, becoming targets of both the mob and the FBI in the process.

Manu Gino
Manu Gino

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"Rob the Mob" starts with Tommy(Michael Pitt) and Rosie(Nina Arianda) madly in love and robbing a florist for which they are promptly arrested. While Tommy is in jail, Rosie gets a job at a collection agency for which she recommends Tommy upon his release to her boss, Dave Lovell(Griffin Dunne), himself an ex-con. But soon after moving in together, they realize how little their paychecks from their straight jobs will go. That plus with a little inspiration from John Gotti's trial has Tommy looking for more illicit and lucrative opportunities. With great chemistry from its leads, "Rob the Mob" is a highly engaging movie that mixes suspense and comedy well.(The collection agency is pure sit-com gold.) The movie is about two true life criminals who have much more gumption than brains. To its credit, it lets the viewers make up their about whether or not Tommy and Rosie are heroes. Aiding that is a performance from Michael Pitt who is not afraid to mine the darker depths of his character. At the same time, the movie could have just easily done as well without Ray Romano.

Walter M.
Walter M.

Super Reviewer

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