Shooting the Mafia Reviews

August 6, 2019
This film is as much credited to Longinotto's ability to frame a compelling and convincing narrative around tumultuous life amidst Sicilian crime organizations as it is to Battaglia's immeasurably brave efforts to expose the realities of the mafia.
July 23, 2019
Battaglia's photographs are notable not merely for the fact that she had the courage to take them, but also for her strong sense of style, as is evident from the many photographs included in this film.
May 31, 2019
In its many uses of multimedia, Shooting the Mafia explores the possibilities of art as a tool for challenging violence.
February 25, 2019
[The story] is lovingly recounted by Longinotto, a documentarian who revels in making movies about female outsiders and rebels.
February 7, 2019
Beyond the details of a life, Longinotto ... indicts a socio-political system that has forced endemic poverty and corruption on the people of Palermo and environs.
Top Critic
February 6, 2019
An opportunity for something more rousing and revelatory has been missed.
February 4, 2019
It starts off rocky, but once the film settles into a groove and starts zeroing in on the mafia's most heinous acts, it slowly starts to come alive.
January 29, 2019
The film does, however, introduce us to a character of great interest.
January 29, 2019
While "To the Stars" can make you feel that you know everyone in Wakita intimately, it beautifully makes the point that there are always some things about them that you can't.
January 28, 2019
The mafia murder images are stomach turning, viewers take note. Letizia talks about her life at great length and some of it is redundant, but she is always charming and inspirational, living as a strong, independent woman in a crushing patriarchy.
January 27, 2019
Winners write the history books, but survivors are put in the documentaries, and filmmaker Kim Longinotto captures a beautiful portrait of a hearty survivor in photographer Letizia Battaglia in the documentary "Shooting the Mafia."
January 27, 2019
A fascinating look at the Mafia's vice-like grip on Sicily through the lens of photojournalist Letizia Battaglia.
January 27, 2019
Longinotto has always had a knack for getting interviewees to open up in such a way that even they can seem surprised at what they end up saying.
January 27, 2019
Engaging and inspiring, albeit somewhat unsatisfying as a documentary.
January 26, 2019
Roughly two-thirds of the film feels like a self-indulgent memoir, with all the selective memory autobiographies often bring.
January 26, 2019
Director Kim Longinotto's unerring eye for a great subject is underlined by Shooting The Mafia.
January 26, 2019
Shooting the Mafiashows that one's bravery--even if they're only doing their job--can make a difference.
January 26, 2019
The history of the Cosa Nostra and the life/work/presence of Battaglia are compelling enough ... Almost incidentally, but surely consciously, Longinotto gives us more.