Crime Novel
Crime Novel (2005)

Giancarlo De Cataldo's best-selling tale about three lifelong friends effectively take control of organized crime in modern-day Rome comes to the screen in this sweeping crime drama from director Michele Placido. Libanese (Pierfrancesco… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: September 30, 2005
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Critic Score: 53% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Peter Howell
Toronto Star

The universal nature of crime -- and its dark appeal -- is driven home with bullets and bravado.

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Jay Weissberg

First half plays as a respectable addition to the classic ensemble gangland genre, offering a gangster's-eye view of recent Italo history.

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Dragan Antulov

Italija dobila svog "Kuma" i "Dobre momke"

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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail

In short, Romanzo Criminale is interesting at first before overstaying its welcome and growing ever more tedious.

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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter

Even though the story reputedly portrays a real gang of street punks that did rise to some power in Rome from 1977-92, the movie feels totally generic.

Angela Baldassarre

In his eighth directorial effort, Romanzo Criminale, Placido takes aim at terrorism in his country during the 1970s . Though the proceedings are fascinating and powerful, it's unable to maintain momentum throughout its over two hours running time.

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Trevor Johnston
Time Out

The storytelling here is murkier than required, causing the pace to flag alarmingly in the second half.

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Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

It's hard to get much juice when it's all quick slice-and-dice in the first half-hour. . . . the moral slipperiness between criminal and politician, thug and cop, just doesn't ooze out here beyond all the blood.

Bruce Kirkland
Jam! Movies

The electrifying promise of the opening scenes gives way to tedium.

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Flixster Audience Score: 86% Flixster User Reviews
xGary Xx
A group of small time street punks use violence and intimidation to rise to the level of the crime lords of Rome during the 70s and 80s. A gang related crime… More
Ross Collins
Crime Novel? More like Crime Epic. This Italian gangster flick spans the 70s and 80s following the lives of a childhood gang who become the most wanted of the… More
Pierluigi Puccini
Friends since childhood; Libano, il freddo and il dandi. three hoodlums who share an appetite for thrills and easy money, start a vicious attack to take control… More
Gordon Anderson
Stylish 'by the numbers' gangster flick
Lady D'arbanville
A very different style gangster film, with a deep look into all the characters involved. Quite fast moving, which left me a little lost in parts, but extremely… More