Rob the Mob

2014

Rob the Mob

Critics 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 (40) | Top Critics (15) | Fresh (33) | Rotten (7)

  • 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…

    John Anderson

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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

  • Apr 14, 2015
    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 M Super Reviewer
  • Dec 29, 2014
    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 M Super Reviewer
  • Nov 08, 2014
    Funny, energetic, endearing, and an effective crime caper, Rob the Mob is an immensely enjoyable film. Based on a true story, the film follows a likeable, yet painfully inept couple, Tommy and Rosie, whose antics turn them in to a sort of modern day Bonnie and Clyde. The pair soon makes a name for themselves targeting mob "social clubs", unwittingly uncovering a crucial piece of evidence in the FBI's fight against the mob. Director Raymond DeFelitta brings us a unique mix of comedy, romance, intrigue and true life story with Rob the Mob. The most successful aspect of the film was the dynamic between Michael Pitt (Tommy) and Nin Arianda (Rosie). Both had excellent chemistry, and had the right amount of manic energy to keep up with the film's brisk pace, and their frenzied, ill-fated personas. At the same time, we're giving more intellectually driven characters such as Andy Garcia's Al (a mob boss), and a surprisingly effective role for Ray Romano as a journalist telling their story. All of this is set against the celebrity fest that was the Gotti trial, which is integrated well. We are able to get a sense of all the characters, their motivations, their personalities, without the need to telegraph things to us. This is done with creative means and through the interactions of the cast themselves, with a script that is able to strike a good balance. Ultimately the focus remains on the central love story, which anchors the film, and gives it charm among a much uglier world not keen on letting them alone. 4/5 Stars
    Jeffrey M Super Reviewer
  • Sep 30, 2014
    1992, small time thugs Thomas and Rosie Uva are tired of knocking over convience stores for peanuts, so one night they come up with an idea, a crazy idea. While scouting locations, Thomas accidentally stumbled upon a mafia owned bar and realized, there's a whole lot of money there and not much protection. For the next year, the duo ripped off the mob without consequence, until they took something that made them both the biggest targets in New York. This is another unbelievably true story, that has been brought to the big screen and the public eye, because of our on-going fascination with organized crime. Mafia movies do so well at the box office, that writers are scrambling to find any story they can turn into a film and it's the audience that has benefited the most. Some people say these movies glorify crime, and maybe they do, but to me, anything Mafia related is just fascinating. Watching these films and hearing these stories, you think how could that have happened? Then you go to Wikipedia and find out it's all true! Rob The Mob is the latest in a bunch of these little known Mafia stories to hit the big screen and it does not disappoint. Who plays a Mafia don better than Andy Garcia? Add to that the intense, Michael Pitt, straight off a successful run in Boardwalk Empire, and you have the makings of a terrific cast. The bottom line, Rob The Mob isn't Goodfellas, but it's a hell of a story, with a cast that's experienced in these types of films. It's pretty much what you'd expect from a Mafia movie, but if your like me, that doesn't matter much, it's the story and personalities that you're really interested in.
    Todd S Super Reviewer

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