Gloria (1980)

Gloria (Gena Rowlands), a self-involved woman in her forties who was once a mobster's mistress, is asked to look after Philip (Juan Adames), the son of her Mafia-connected Puerto Rican neighbors. This temporary set-up becomes permanent… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: October 1, 1980
DVD Release Date: February 25, 2003
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Critic Score: 95% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Richard Brody
New Yorker

The plot is a paranoid endgame in which the ubiquitous Mafia, in the know about everything before it happens, is the instrument of terminal destiny and running from death is as absurd as waiting for it.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

It's clear from the opening montage that we're in the hands of a master.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

It's an obvious setup and most directors would have made sentimental hash out of it, but Cassavetes keeps it strong and smooth, and Rowlands was nominated for an Oscar for her trouble.

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Variety Staff

Gena Rowlands is excellent as the tired woman who decides to take her chances for the boy. The kid is a right blend of understanding and childish tantrums.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

More than any other recent film I can think of, Gloria is a movie that depends on the mood you're in when you see it.

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Steve Crum
Kansas City Kansan

Any Cassavetes is worthwhile viewing

Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

John Cassavetes clearly set out to make a commercial film, but, intransigent personality that he was, he turned in a slice of pure avant-garde.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

Tough, sweet, and goofy.

Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

One of Cassavetes' most accessible and involving movies.

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Flixster Audience Score: 80% Flixster User Reviews
Jonathan Hutchings
I like "non-studio film Cassavetes" much better.
jay nixon
a real sense of the grittiness of new york and gena rowlands is outstanding as usual
El Hombre Invisible
Indie godfather John Cassavetes transforms Gena Rowlands into his own little Pam Grier in this odd mob melodrama with, naturally, an orphan kid. Rowlands is an… More
Leo L
Although the re-make is not that bad, I prefer this version of "Gloria" with Gena Rowlands.
Pierluigi Puccini
An ass-kicking Gena Rowlands is the major force behind this riveting, one of a kind gangster film from the unique vision of American new wave's craftsman… More

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