Gloria
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Gloria (Gena Rowlands), a self-involved woman in her forties who was once a mobster's mistress, is asked to look after Philip (Juan Adames), the son of her Mafia-connected Puerto Rican neighbors. This temporary set-up becomes permanent when the neighbors are killed in a mob hit. Philip has in his possession a diary containing a record of illegal Mafia activities; thus the boy is as good as dead unless Gloria takes decisive action. With Philip in tow, Gloria leads the hit men on a frantic chase around Manhattan, and during the various gunfire exchanges, more than holds her own. Offering to… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 95%

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"Gena Rowlands is excellent as the tired woman who decides to take her chances for the boy. The kid is a right blend of understanding and childish tantrums."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"More than any other recent film I can think of, Gloria is a movie that depends on the mood you're in when you see it."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"One of Cassavetes' most accessible and involving movies."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"More intriguing than a standard Hollywood gangster movie."
‑ Chris Robe, PopMatters
"A reasonably entertaining and refreshingly off-beat action/drama."
‑ Nick Davis, Nick's Flick Picks
"John Cassavetes clearly set out to make a commercial film, but, intransigent personality that he was, he turned in a slice of pure avant-garde."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"Tough, sweet, and goofy."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"John Cassavetes made some iffy movies during his career, but none is worse than the original Gloria."
‑ Christopher Null, Filmcritic.com
"Indie godfather John Cassavetes transforms Gena Rowlands into his own little Pam Grier in this oddly sweet-and-sour, PG-rated mob melodrama."
‑ Eric Henderson, Slant Magazine
"It's clear from the opening montage that we're in the hands of a master."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"Any Cassavetes is worthwhile viewing"
‑ Steve Crum, Kansas City Kansan
"Rowlands's gutsy portrayal of the woman who takes a redemptive and life-threatening plunge, and Adames as the brat who grows up fast in the pressurized situation."
‑ , Film4
"Gloria boasts a tough and tender performance by Gina Rowlands as an ex-gun moll and showgirl whose nurturing instincts come to the fore when she is called upon to protect a little boy in jeopardy."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
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