Angel of Evil
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Director Michele Placido and actor Kim Rossi Stuart team up to tell the tale of notorious Italian outlaw Renato Vallanzasca, whose penchant for bold crimes, daring prison breaks, and extravagant showmanship transformed him into an underworld celebrity in the 1970s. Vallanzasca was just nine years old when he and a group of mischievous friends snuck into a local circus to free a tiger, but that fateful day marked the beginning of a spectacular criminal career. Subsequently sent to a juvenile detention facility, Vallanzasca soon rounded up a gang comprised of familiar deviants upon his release,… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 48%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"What is missing is any sort of psychological insight. Just what made Renato run? You won't find out here."
‑ V.A. Musetto, New York Post
"As a tale of squabbling gangsters and prison intrigues, "Angel of Evil" is ordinary."
‑ Tom Keogh, Seattle Times
"Not to indulge in cliché, but given that Rossi Stuart penned the script with five other writers, it probably shouldn't be a surprise that so many cooks created a meal that's all sauce and no spaghetti."
‑ Jeff Meyers, Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
"It's a bit of a plod, violent and overlong, from which we learn only this: even the Italians dressed badly in the 1970s."
‑ Anthony Quinn, Independent
"The main reason to see this is a charismatic leading performance by Kim Rossi Stuart. Even so, it makes two hours feel like four."
‑ Christopher Tookey, Daily Mail [UK]
"To borrow Robert Evans's famous quotation about "The Godfather," you can smell the spaghetti, but less sauce might have helped."
‑ Andy Webster, New York Times
"You can all but feel the checklist being marked off, and the viewer is never really drawn into the world or made to care what's happening."
‑ Ernest Hardy, Village Voice
"The film, like all gangster movies, gets off on glamour and guns, which initially makes it a thrill to watch..."
‑ Alistair Harkness, Scotsman
"If it falls short of either Gomorrah or A Prophet, it is an above average prison thriller, telling us of a strange man who fought most of his enemies to a standstill until he died."
‑ Derek Malcolm, This is London
"None of it's bad: but it leaves unanswered the question of why exactly we should care about this guy."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
"Gangster clichés fly like submachine gun bullets in the Italian crime biopic "Angel of Evil," a restless and hollow rundown of '70s criminal Renato Vallanzasca."
‑ Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times
"Terrible orch-rock soundtrack aside, it makes for an engrossing if hollow romp."
‑ David Jenkins, Time Out
"Surprisingly poor on the larger social context."
‑ Philip French, Guardian
"Cmpetently made, but after Mesrine, the recent Carlos The Jackal film and the Mafiathemed Gomorrah, this is one sub-genre that's fast reaching saturation point."
‑ David Edwards, Daily Mirror [UK]
"Angels of Evil is just one damned thing after another."
‑ David Gritten, Daily Telegraph
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