La Siciliana Ribelle (The Sicilian Girl)
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La Siciliana Ribelle (The Sicilian Girl)
A young girl gets pushed beyond her limits and exercises legal justice swiftly and brutally in this earnest biopic of a real-life Mafia betrayer. The year is 1991. Rita Atria (Veronica D'Agostino), a young Sicilian girl from the village of Balta, has grown up completely enshrined in organized crime -- to such a degree that she takes many of the mob's activities for granted. This all changes when her honest father and brother get slain, which breaks Rita's heart. In response, she begins to slyly observe the more nefarious goings-on in the village, and starts keeping a detailed diary… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 55%

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"The Sicilian Girl seems so beholden to the historical outline that it never comes alive as either a character study or a crime thriller."
‑ Joe Williams, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"Amenta does neither the subject nor Atria justice with this acceptable, uninspired dramatization."
‑ Ty Burr, Boston Globe
"... manages to combine mob opera with true crime to tell the story of Sicilian mob culture from the inside."
‑ Sean Axmaker,
"The Sicilian Girl is beautifully photographed, intelligently performed and full of real-life surprises."
‑ Chris Hewitt (St. Paul), St. Paul Pioneer Press
"A major part of the screenplay is the resistance by the authorities toward Rita herself, as an unsophisticated woman from the impoverished South."
‑ Kelly Vance, East Bay Express
"D'Agostino beautifully captures Rita's innocence, anger, confusion and her increasingly tough resolve."
‑ Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post
"Amenta was deeply moved by Rita's story, but his prosaic direction can't do it justice."
‑ Walter V. Addiego, San Francisco Chronicle
"While The Sicilian Girl has a more biographical lean over a showcase of mafia bloodshed, there's still plenty of drama to go around."
‑ Katina Vangopoulos, Moviedex
"Amenta turns the true-life saga of a 17-year-old Italian girl who testified against the Mafia in a famous 1992 trial in Palermo into a fictionalized, conventional, fairly diverting melodrama."
‑ Gerald Peary, Boston Phoenix
"Like many movies based on true stories, it's hamstrung by a need to stay faithful and respectful to the original players, and it never really comes alive."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Watching this is like going to the dentist for a root canal, but he makes a mistake and injects the novocaine into your brain."
‑ Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"Not to stoke any rivalries, but the movie's no Gomorrah, the recent, excellent Italian crime drama ripped from the headlines made by the Neopolitan mob."
‑ Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune
"...the real story of Rita Atria is more interesting than Amenta's film, which feels like a made-for-television movie intended for an audience already familiar with the story"
‑ Sarah Boslaugh, Playback:stl
"But the movie hinges on Rita, and both as a young girl (Miriana Faja) and as a young woman (D'Agostino), she is magnificent."
‑ Annlee Ellingson, Moving Pictures Magazine
"When Amenta's storytelling isn't playing like greatest hits, he's hitting us over the head."
‑ Laura Clifford, Reeling Reviews
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