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Antonio, a conscientious factory official, takes his wife and children to meet his family in Sicily and finds himself in the favor of local mobster Don Vincenzo. Terrified and conflicted, he tells his family that he is going hunting but instead seeks out an enemy of the mafia in New York.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 96%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Director Lattuada was reportedly acclaimed for his oddball tonal shifts, which Mafioso offers in spades."
‑ Ben Kenigsberg, Time Out
"The film ripens in an unanticipated way, nimbly shifting from near farce to something quite a bit darker."
‑ Eleanor Ringel Gillespie, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"Brilliant neglected and underappreciated film about the Sicilian mafia."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"No wonder Mafioso vanished without a trace when it was released in 1962; the mordant mobster comedy was about 45 years ahead of its time."
‑ Chris Hewitt (St. Paul), St. Paul Pioneer Press
"If you're curious to see the roots of Mafia-related cinema (or even if you simply enjoy a well-made, well-acted film), don't miss Mafioso, a fresh, and still engaging comedy-drama."
‑ Jack Garner, Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
"Director Alberto Lattuada balances the satirical and shocking aspects of the story on a stiletto's edge."
‑ Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"Mafioso may be 45 years old, but it's as bracingly relevant as anything else in theaters today. Even in the heat of a dry Sicilian summer, the film looks fresh as a lemon tree. And when you bite down hard, it's just as bitter."
‑ Amy Biancolli, Houston Chronicle
"A gentle Italian comedy from 1962 that takes a sobering, chilling turn that would make Michael Corleone proud."
‑ Michele Kenner, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
"It feels like a comedy, and then a dark drama, and then, no, wait . . . a semicomic documentary, right? The effect, carried brilliantly by Sordi, is delightful."
‑ Shawn Levy, Oregonian
"The sort of masterpiece that will obliterate memories of lesser, later efforts in the 'meeting the parents' comedy lineage. Brilliant."
‑ Marc Savlov, Austin Chronicle
"The transitional gears never grind. They just keep clicking until you know you're along for the entire ride."
‑ Chris Vognar, Dallas Morning News
"If you crossed Meet the Parents with The Godfather and filmed it 45 years ago in Italian, you might come close to Mafioso, a black-and-white gem from 1962 whose appearance in local theaters is inexplicable but most welcome."
‑ G. Allen Johnson, San Francisco Chronicle
"Director Alberto Lattuada's seriocomic 1962 look at the Sicilian mob lifestyle broke the omerta, providing a look at the sordidly fascinating life of the wiseguy."
‑ Phil Villarreal, Arizona Daily Star
"Some viewers may feel betrayed when the film's light-hearted and gently mocking attitude suddenly turns deadly serious. I thought it was breathtaking."
‑ Robert W. Butler, Kansas City Star
"Mafioso is one of those quirky little films that grow on you as time goes by. Wonderfully shot in black and white by Armando Nannuzzi, whimsically played by Sordi and Bengell, Mafioso will remind you again why you like movies."
‑ Jean Lowerison, San Diego Metropolitan
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