A study of Italy's crime families.
" [Director] Garrone's messy storytelling compounds an already messy history. He's a powerful filmmaker, though, and a fearless one. He knows where the bodies are buried -- and he shows them to us. "
" An unforgettable portrayal of the unglamorous gangster life, which is often short and never sweet. "
" Directed by Matteo Garrone, Gomorrah is both a staggering realist thriller and a jeremiad. "
" Garrone's gloomy assessment of the new world order is painfully on target: corruption comes in many guises, and it's as impossible to stop as it is to track. "
" Gomorra has its own nerve, as well as the filmmaking intelligence to strip the cliches from its densely packed, authentically inhabited narrative. The new moviegoing year just got one hell of a jolt. "
" Gomorrah is stark and powerful filmmaking, a welcome alternative to romanticized American mob melodramas. "
" Gomorrah manages to be artful without being arty. "
" Hell seems terribly familiar in Gomorrah, an Italian gangster film with a near-documentary feel. "
" If The Godfather is the operatic pinnacle of gangster movies, let Gomorrah be its biblical counterpart. "
" It upends everything you think you know about the mob and mob movies. "
" It's ugly. It's powerful. But it's hard to look away. "
" Stark, raw and brutal, this isn't Hollywood's romantic version of the Mafia. "
" The film's multiple strands might reflect a trend in multiple story lines. And it works to persuasively argue just how pervasive the corruption is in this community. "
" The sense of authenticity in this movie is palpable, but the scenes are sometimes so dark and so impenetrable that it takes a herculean effort to keep up with who's who and what's going on. "
" There's nothing extraneous about it, nothing excessive in its violence or its art. It's as desolate as it needs to be and no more. "
" This is gritty, it's raw, it's incredibly realistic and it's terrifying and stylized. "
" What the director has created is a ferocious portrait of total corruption. "
" You can't escape the Comorra -- and with patience, at the end of the film, that point will be depressingly and effectively clear. I think you should see it. "
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