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  • Summary: A young man grows up with his loyalties torn between his father and the mob boss who runs the streets.
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  1. Positive: 14 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. 100
    A Bronx Tale is a very funny movie sometimes, and very touching at other times. It is filled with life and colorful characters and great lines of dialogue, and De Niro, in his debut as a director, finds the right notes as he moves from laughter to anger to tears. What's important about the film is that it's about values.
  2. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    100
    A Bronx Tale is a joy, a film that comes unerringly from someone's heart and experience, and not from a power lunch of agents with clients to be packaged. [1 Oct 1993, p. 49]
  3. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    90
    A "GoodFellas" with heart, A Bronx Tale represents a wonderfully vivid snapshot of a colorful place and time, as well as a very satisfying directorial debut by Robert De Niro. Overflowing with behavioral riches and the flavor of a deep-dyed New York Italian neighborhood, the film also trades intelligently in pertinent moral and social issues that raise it above the level of nostalgia or the mere memoir.
  4. Reviewed by: Richard Schickel
    80
    The central conflict, the struggle for Calogero's soul, is stated with a fable's starkness. But the tone of the film is musing, reflective, gently insinuating.
  5. Reviewed by: Angie Errigo
    80
    Surprisingly sentimental by turns, this emerges not as just another gangster initiation movie, but as a story of father and son love with enough guts to hold those anticipating the former, while also touching the heart.
  6. On the whole, A Bronx Tale is an impressive work and it's easy to see why De Niro connected with Palminteri's story.
  7. Despite some sentimentality and occasional directorial missteps, this is a respectable piece of work--evocative, very funny in spots, and obviously keenly felt. With Francis Capra, Taral Hicks, and Katherine Narducci.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. Oct 13, 2013
    10
    If you`re looking for the typical Mob movie this isn`t what you`re looking for.A Bronx Tale has mob activities, but it`s much more than that. I`t teaches you how it was to live as an Italian in the 60`s.The decisions you have to make whether good or bad. Expand
  2. Nov 21, 2010
    10
    the best movie ive ever seen u should go rent it or do something to get this movie because it was just absolutely amazing and ij ust baught this on dvd and i have not seen a better movie than this in my opionion Expand
  3. SangorinoV
    May 18, 2009
    10
    Unbelievable, one of the best movies I have ever seen.
  4. Jul 8, 2014
    10
    Bronx Tale has intense action and fantastic acting from Deniro, his son in the movie and Paminteri. The movie is one of the best crime dramas of the 90's. The movie is underrated and takes place in the Bronx during the 1960's. The movie has great messages and a wonderful style that isn't reminiscent of other crime movies. Expand
  5. Oct 30, 2010
    10
    A great film based on the true story of one of Chazz P. It started out as a one man play, then DeNiro saw it and optioned it and got it made. A wonderful story on a boy and his Bronx neighborhood and all the colorful characters , both good and bad. This kid is eye view of the criminals and the lure of easy money and power is alluring and seductive. The cast is wonderful and colorful, ala Godfather, shot beautifully and with humor and a peek into innocence and a world of reality of a neighborhoods dirty secret. A must see!!! Expand
  6. Apr 10, 2014
    9
    Pelicula del gran Robert, en la cual cuenta la historia de como un joven debe de elegir que camino escoger, el del dinero facil o del trabajo honesto como su padre, una historia simpatica, divertida y a la vez con un mensaje. Una pelicula sobre la mafia que cualquier cinefilo no deberia de perdersela. Expand
  7. Dec 10, 2012
    5
    It's always great to see these actors in action, the story is the same you see in most Italian-American movies, how a good boy/man gets involved with the mob. Nothing fresh, there are no spectacular performances here. But it's a good weekend movie. Average Collapse

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