The Traitor Reviews

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May 24, 2019
There's just no real perspective on Buscetta, which separates this brisk but uninvolving history lesson from the truly great mob movies.
May 24, 2019
By the time "The Traitor" finds its way back to Buscetta for an overextended final stretch that trafficks in all of the usual symbology of paranoia, he's become both too complicated for us to understand and too simple for us to care about.
May 23, 2019
The Traitor is big, bold, confident film-making.
May 23, 2019
One of the most revealing portraits of the Cosa Nostra on film.
May 23, 2019
It's clearly made by a master filmmaker questioning the nature of repentance, and as such is far from superficial; and yet while it never loses our attention, it also doesn't deliver much of a punch.
June 13, 2019
The absurdity of the procedures and the impudence of the Mafia create an authenticity that Scorcese would envy. [Full Review in Spanish]
June 12, 2019
It's nothing we haven't already seen in previous films and even TV series, but Bellocchio gives strength to a story of almost two and a half hours. [Full Review in Spanish]
June 4, 2019
While a compelling look at a dramatic piece of history, the director's decision to omit certain key moral champions skews the film, and lets it down.
May 30, 2019
The meticulous rigor of the historical recreation prevails over the commercial clichés of crime spectacularisation typically found in the cinema about mafiosi. [Full review in Spanish]
May 29, 2019
A fascinating chronicle. [Full review in Spanish]
May 29, 2019
[Director Marco] Bellocchio films the drama... with enormous visual force and remarkable narrative impetus. [Full review in Spanish]
May 27, 2019
Epic, operatic, The Traitor exposes an important chapter of the history of its country without concessions, without contemplations and with a narrative classicism that is enjoyed and appreciated. [Full Review in Spanish]
May 27, 2019
The result is an exploration to the deepest and most turbid of the soul to draw the exact profile of issues such as fear, guilt, responsibility or much simpler horror. [Full Review in Spanish]
May 27, 2019
Bellocchio does not offer any absorbing staging that can excuse its lack of originality. [Full Review in Spanish]
May 26, 2019
A handsome production and ambitious in scale, the impact of "The Traitor" is muted by the familiarity of its well-worn tropes.
May 26, 2019
The Traitor redeems Marco Bellocchio. [Full Review in Spanish]
May 24, 2019
A superb script. [Full review in Spanish]
May 24, 2019
Bellocchio, as with his 2009 portrait of Mussolini in Vincere, creates another late period masterstroke with The Traitor.
May 23, 2019
Pierfrancesco Favino performs, of course, a masterpiece. [Full review in Spanish]