...a gripping, clear-eyed drama...
—Lisa Schwarzbaum Entertainment Weekly
It is all so sordid.
—Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times
Utilizing a mesmerizing documentary style that studiously avoids glamorizing the horrors, Garrone cherrypicks episodes from Saviano's muckraking tract, building to a chillingly matter-of-fact crescendo of violence, though interwoven tales tend to dissipate the full force of the criminal Camorra families' insidious control.
—Jay Weissberg Variety
...what's bracing about Gomorrah, and makes it feel different from so many American crime movies, is both its deadly serious take on violence and its global understanding of how far and wide the mob's tentacles reach,
—Manohla Dargis New York Times
...has its own nerve, as well as the filmmaking intelligence to strip the cliches from its densely packed, authentically inhabited narrative.
—Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune
—Scott Tobias Onion AV Club
A mob film that's as far from the genre's standard operating procedure as could be imagined...
—Chris Barsanti filmcritic.com
...takes the time-honored Mafia genre and gives it an all-new twist.
—V. A. Musetto New York Post
...promises crushingly obvious intimations of Biblical barbarity. In execution, however, Matteo Garrone's account of the multiple levels of organized crime in modern-day Naples works the opposite way, sidestepping grandiose gestures and statements in favor of a grimly matter-of-fact chronicle of how pervasive the Mafia influence has become.
—Fernando F. Croce Slant Magazine
...corrosive, slapdash, grimly exciting...
—J. Hoberman Village Voice