Romeo Is Bleeding
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New York cop Jack Grimaldi (Gary Oldman) has a nice home, a stunning wife Natalie (Annabella Sciorra), and a sweet, if stupid mistress, Sheri (Juliette Lewis). Jack also earns extra money by betraying mob witnesses to Mafia-boss Don Falcone (Roy Scheider). Assigned to guard the viciously sexy Russian-born hit woman, Mona Demarkov (Lena Olin), Jack is almost instantly seduced and allows Mona to escape. Falcone orders Jack to find and kill Mona, and threatens to murder him if he fails. Mona offers to pay Jack to help her eliminate Falcone and fake her own death. Several plot twists and turns… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 23%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The far-fetched plotting eventually goes so far over the top that pic flirts with inventing a new genre of film noir camp."
‑ Todd McCarthy, Variety
"Hilary Henkin's script isn't as smart as it thinks it is, and only Olin's breathtakingly excessive femme fatale hits the right note of campy panache."
‑ , Time Out
"It's a senseless, tasteless and demented postmodern noir that has about as much class as a gimpy $10 Times Square hooker."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"The cast tries to make up for the script's hollowness by hurling themselves headlong into the sort of bloody, sweating, spittle-spewing performances that can sometimes turn thin material into personal triumphs, but to little avail."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Perversely fascinating. Solid direction from Peter Medak."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"It would be facile to say it substitutes style for content; actually, it substitutes stylishness for style."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"For all its promise, and for all the brittle beauty of Dariusz Wolski's cinematography, Romeo Is Bleeding eventually collapses under the weight of its violent affectations."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"This is a battle-of-the-sexes movie played out at such a pitch of pervsity and amorality that it ultimately becomes rather laughable."
‑ , Film4
"An underrated gem. Gary Oldman is amazing."
‑ Cole Smithey,
"Offbeat noir buoyed mostly by its offbeat actors"
‑ Rob Thomas, Capital Times (Madison, WI)
"Stylistic but ultimately unsatisfying."
‑ David Hunter, Hollywood Reporter
"Romeo is most notable for being the first film of the year to cash in on post-Bobbitt fears of castrating (and worse) females."
‑ Joe Brown, Washington Post
"[It's] never content with one cliche when it can shovel on ten."
‑ Phillipa Bloom, Empire Magazine
"Film noir at its worst and most excessive, an exercise in style, marred by ridicuolous voiceover narration and incomprehensible plot points; Lena Olin gives a sexy over the top performance."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Cynicism, greed and wonderfully florid dialogue radiate throughout every scene in director Peter Medak's quirky and constantly inventive new film noir."
‑ Leonard Schwarz, Palo Alto Weekly
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