The Traitor

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While it doesn't probe particularly far below the surface of its central character, The Traitor tells its fact-based story with enough energy to entertain.

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THE TRAITOR tells the true story of Tommaso Buscetta, the man who brought down the Cosa Nostra. In the early 1980's, an all out war rages between Sicilian mafia bosses over the heroin trade. Tommaso Buscetta, a made man, flees to hide out in Brazil. Back home, scores are being settled and Buscetta watches from afar as his sons and brother are killed in Palermo, knowing he may be next. Arrested and extradited to Italy by the Brazilian police, Buscetta makes a decision that will change everything for the Mafia: he decides to meet with Judge Giovanni Falcone and betray the eternal vow he made to the Cosa Nostra.

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  • A complex character study emerges, one that is inherently unflattering (Buscetta is a ruthless killer), in a restlessly intelligent film.

    July 24, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    Kevin Maher

    Times (UK)
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  • A brooding, two-inch-thick porterhouse steak of a movie.

    July 23, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Carried by Pierfrancesco Favino's layered central performance.

    July 22, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • "The Traitor" doesn't try to make a hero out of Buscetta and it doesn't romanticize the Mafia. It observes the awfulness and ongoing futility of a criminal culture.

    March 7, 2020 | Rating: B | Full Review…

    Tom Long

    Detroit News
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  • Show me a classic cosa nostra saga that doesn't affirm the importance of family and... well, I'll show you Marco Bellocchio's The Traitor, everything one hoped The Irishman would be but wasn't.

    February 14, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • A sturdy if somewhat uninspiring Mafia biopic.

    February 12, 2020 | Full Review…

    Ben Croll

    TheWrap
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