Crime Novel (Romanzo criminale)
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Crime Novel (Romanzo criminale)
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 53%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The universal nature of crime -- and its dark appeal -- is driven home with bullets and bravado."
‑ Peter Howell, Toronto Star
"First half plays as a respectable addition to the classic ensemble gangland genre, offering a gangster's-eye view of recent Italo history."
‑ Jay Weissberg, Variety
"Italija dobila svog "Kuma" i "Dobre momke""
‑ Dragan Antulov,
"An ambitious, bloody and engrossing work."
‑ Alan Morrison, Empire Magazine
"Exciting, impressively directed gangster epic with superb performances and a soundtrack ripped straight from Scorsese's iTunes."
‑ Matthew Turner, ViewLondon
"In short, Romanzo Criminale is interesting at first before overstaying its welcome and growing ever more tedious."
‑ Rick Groen, Globe and Mail
"Even though the story reputedly portrays a real gang of street punks that did rise to some power in Rome from 1977-92, the movie feels totally generic."
‑ Kirk Honeycutt, Hollywood Reporter
"In his eighth directorial effort, Romanzo Criminale, Placido takes aim at terrorism in his country during the 1970s . Though the proceedings are fascinating and powerful, it's unable to maintain momentum throughout its over two hours running time."
‑ Angela Baldassarre,
"Revenge is a dish served once too often in Romanzo Criminale, an Italian crime epic that runs out of appeal well before it runs out of ammo."
‑ Matthew Leyland,
"A rowdy, rollicking throwback to the '70s "poliziotteschi" crime genre... you'll have heaps of fun until it disappears from your mind (right around the closing credits)."
‑ Aaron Hillis, Premiere Magazine
"The storytelling here is murkier than required, causing the pace to flag alarmingly in the second half."
‑ Trevor Johnston, Time Out
"It's hard to get much juice when it's all quick slice-and-dice in the first half-hour. . . . the moral slipperiness between criminal and politician, thug and cop, just doesn't ooze out here beyond all the blood."
‑ Brian Gibson, Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
"The electrifying promise of the opening scenes gives way to tedium."
‑ Bruce Kirkland, Jam! Movies
"It is very murky stuff, and Placido could and should have explained the conspiracy theory a little more. Great performances, though, from Kim Rossi Stuart and Jasmine Trinca as his forlorn lover Roberta."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
"What elevates Romanzo criminale above many other, more generic stories is its sense of history, which may in part be due to the work of screenwriters Petraglia and Rulli of La meglio gioventu-fame."
‑ Boyd van Hoeij,
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