Gomorrah (Gomorra)
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Adapted from Roberto Saviano's controversial non-fiction book, Matteo Garrone's crime drama Gomorrah examines how organized crime reaches deep into every facet of life in Naples, Italy by telling the tale of over a dozen different characters. Among the main protagonists is a pair of wannabe thugs who take their cue from movie gangsters, a grocery-delivery boy who must learn to kill, and a criminal mastermind who plots to make a fortune while dumping toxic waste near overpopulated communities. ~ Perry Seibert, Rovi

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 91%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Over the course of this sprawling mosaic about the world's most fearsome Mafia organization, the Neapolitan Camorra, [director] Garrone makes the business look like a beast of many tentacles, spreading misery and death to everyone it touches."
‑ Scott Tobias, AV Club
"Gomorrah manages to be artful without being arty."
‑ Jan Stuart, Washington Post
"This might be one of those movies that are more fun to praise than they actually are to watch."
‑ Will Leitch, Deadspin
"It is a full and frank indictment of a system that has not just failed but utterly decayed and is breeding more and more criminals."
‑ Mike Edwards, What Culture
"By fashioning its stories to get in as much impact as possible, mostly from the stark ugliness of their realities and their bold endings, the movie achieves a satisfying level of effectiveness."
‑ Jeffrey Chen, Window to the Movies
"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."
‑ Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune
"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."
‑ Peter Howell, Toronto Star
"Matteo Garrone doesn't so much reinvent the gangster genre as much as he reimagines it, taking all the usual trimmings and turning them inside out."
‑ Al Alexander, The Patriot Ledger
"Thug-life fantasies here provide lures into ruthlessly complex realities and rigmaroles - slamming characters' faces into the rug before it's pulled from beneath them. The notion that anybody could be a don dies in a blaze of energy, rage and ambition."
‑ Nick Rogers, Suite101.com
"Probably the most authentic and unsentimental mafia movie ever to come out of Italy."
‑ Lee Marshall, Screen International
"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."
‑ Jonathan F. Richards, Film.com
"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."
‑ Amy Biancolli, Houston Chronicle
"A thrillingly bleak crime pic."
‑ Kelly Vance, East Bay Express
"Despite its disjointed structure, Gomorrah comes to a narrative convergence without ever actually having to bring its stories together. Each climaxes independently, yet it all feels like one piece."
‑ Ian Buckwalter, DCist
"Check that omerta b.s. at the door. This is all about the bottom line."
‑ Christopher Long, Movie Metropolis
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