Romeo Is Bleeding (1993)

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Lena Olin stars as a wicked female mobster who is supposed to be eliminated by a hired hit man (Gary Oldman). Oldman finds that this gal is more than he'd bargained for.

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Critic Reviews for Romeo Is Bleeding

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The far-fetched plotting eventually goes so far over the top that pic flirts with inventing a new genre of film noir camp.

Apr 9, 2008
Variety
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It would be facile to say it substitutes style for content; actually, it substitutes stylishness for style.

Apr 9, 2008 | Full Review…

Stylistic but ultimately unsatisfying.

Apr 9, 2008

Hilary Henkin's script isn't as smart as it thinks it is, and only Olin's breathtakingly excessive femme fatale hits the right note of campy panache.

Jun 24, 2006 | Full Review…
Time Out
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For all its promise, and for all the brittle beauty of Dariusz Wolski's cinematography, Romeo Is Bleeding eventually collapses under the weight of its violent affectations.

May 20, 2003 | Rating: 2.5/5

A satire that has the unfortunate tendency to take itself too seriously.

Jan 1, 2000 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Romeo Is Bleeding

Gary literally saves this movie from just being another crime and double-agent clusterfuck like so many noir films that tried too hard to be noir. Everyone has an angle and the jazz music ensues, I'll be damned if I don't like it though.

Greg Afilmlovingweirdofromcali
Greg Afilmlovingweirdofromcali

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½

films like this give noir a bad name. oldman's voiceover is irritating, the script is all over the place and the final result is more sleazy than stylish. almost quit on it a couple times but it kept promising to get better...then went completely off the deep end. the only thing worth watching here is lena olin's psychotic lingerie-clad hitwoman. she's pretty great. what a waste

Stella Dallas
Stella Dallas

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½

Olin is fantastic, but the movie is overcooked.

Steve K
Steve K

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½

Not as good as I remember it was. But of course, Gary Oldman was incredible.

Michael Gildea
Michael Gildea

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