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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All Critics (78) | Top Critics (18) | Fresh (62) | Rotten (16)

  • 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

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  • The Traitor is an exploration of betrayal, according to Bellocchio. He seems to be asking, can a man truly change the course of his life, or is it just a pretense? Unfortunately, this account of Buscetta's story doesn't really give us any answers.

    February 7, 2020 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • [D]irector Marco Bellocchio enriches the on-screen bloodshed with richly detailed performances and an unpredictable energy that lifts the period crime drama above a mere gangster flick.

    February 5, 2020 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • The biggest betrayal of "The Traitor" is its crime against the usually compelling mafia movie genre. This is an offer you can refuse.

    February 5, 2020 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…
  • Favino's performance is the center of gravity for the film, which encompasses nearly a century's worth of Sicilian mafia lore. Without such a compelling lead actor to hold it all together, the focus would be lost.

    February 1, 2020 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

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