The Sicilian
The Sicilian (1987)

The story of Sicilian-bandit Salvator Giouliano provides the basis of this highly dramatized biopic that is based on a best-selling novel by Mario Puzo. During the 1940s, Giouliano was known for robbing from the Mafia, fighting against the… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: November 20, 2001
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Critic Score: 13% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Variety Staff
Variety

The Sicilian represents a botched telling of the life of postwar outlaw leader Salvatore Giuliano.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

One of this film's big problems is that you can hardly see it. The foregrounds are dark and indistinct. The backgrounds are overlit and washed-out.

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TV Guide's Movie Guide

The actors aren't bad; they are simply miscast.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

The dialogue is ponderously poetic, stilted and over-emphatic, characters are convenient cyphers, and both cutting and photography tend towards the bombastic. Folly, then, but gloriously inept and overblown.

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Hal Hinson
Washington Post

The Sicilian is unambiguously atrocious, but in that very special, howlingly grandiose manner that only a filmmaker with visions of epic greatness working on a large scale with a multinational cast can achieve.

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Rob Gonsalves
eFilmCritic.com

This, not Heaven's Gate, is Cimino's true self-indulgent boondoggle.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

The film is a mess, though hardly on the panoramic scale of Heaven's Gate.

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Desson Thomson
Washington Post

If Cimino had gone along with the campy nosedive this movie takes, Sicilian could have been to mob films what Blazing Saddles was to westerns.

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Kevin A. Ranson
MovieCrypt.com

See? He's not JUST the Highlander!

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Flixster Audience Score: 44% Flixster User Reviews
Andre Tavares Simoni
This could be a good mafia movie, but the actors and actuatios are so poor (except John Turturro) that makes this movie a crap.
Anthony Valletta
Does have its moments, but has the feel of being cut from a much longer film.

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