The Traitor Reviews

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February 13, 2021
This telling of the story of Tommaso, ... the first high-ranking figure in the Cosa Nostra to inform on the crime organization, rings utterly true as far as it goes.
January 9, 2021
As Buscetta, Favino is a terrific presence, charismatic as past Italian tough guys such as Lino Ventura.
November 22, 2020
Favino, a familiar face internationally as a lumpen heavy, gives a galvanising career-best performance...
September 16, 2020
Parts of The Traitor take place in the United States. It's always great to see European films with American-set scenes that weren't shot here.
August 14, 2020
The Traitor has all the trappings of an indecently immoral entertainment. Yet it has turned out be oddly flattened.
August 1, 2020
An authentic and very thrilling film about the mafia's world. [Full review in Spanish]
July 24, 2020
A complex character study emerges, one that is inherently unflattering (Buscetta is a ruthless killer), in a restlessly intelligent film.
July 23, 2020
A brooding, two-inch-thick porterhouse steak of a movie.
July 23, 2020
The moral ambiguities and questions of legacy, friendship, family and integrity in Marco Bellochio's The Traitor are the strongest points of an ambitious, punishing addition to a long line of films to explore the inner workings of the Cosa Nostra.
July 22, 2020
Carried by Pierfrancesco Favino's layered central performance.
July 20, 2020
Most memorably, it captures what it must be like to live your life looking over your shoulder and, given the brazen nature of the men's appalling crimes, the absolute inevitability of their demise.
June 1, 2020
Italian mob biopic is courtroom drama with bloody violence.
May 15, 2020
Resists the call of "Godfather" films' commercialism by providing a truer picture of how the Italian mafia really conducts business.
May 8, 2020
A biopic that probably represents the best true story of the Italian mafia on the big screen.
April 2, 2020
Both The Irishman and The Traitor explore how hollow the back half of a criminal life can be.
March 14, 2020
A legitimately Italian Mafia movie with memoirs, might, mayhem and a running time at least an hour shorter than 'The Irishman.'
March 12, 2020
There's a sharper film lurking somewhere insider... But those wanting a more detailed exploration of organized crime in Italy - and the mental trauma it inflicted on soldiers and civilians alike - would do well to make time for Bellocchio's latest.
March 12, 2020
A powerful story well told presages a cloudy future with no silver lining.
March 12, 2020
Favino portrays Buscetta as a man struggling with his conscience, not for the crimes he has committed, but because of the storm he knows will rain down on him for breaking years of mafia tradition.
March 11, 2020
A well-acted and engaging Italian drama about the real-life Italian mafia member who broke the dam on a river of bloody secrets.
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