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Generally favorable reviews- based on 80 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 58 out of 80
  2. Negative: 15 out of 80

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  1. JayH
    Aug 3, 2009
    Gritty, brutal and very realistically told through the stylish direction of Matteo Garrone. Not a pleasant film, it can be disturbing at times. It's a fine film, but it didn't "wow" me. Good acting. It seemed longer than it's 135 minute length.
  2. JayW
    Feb 13, 2009
    Excessively long, tedious account about a bunch of hopeless narcissists with guns. It would have made for a wonderful 90-minute documentary. Forget the hype, but see it for the insights into that other mob and for some memorable performances.
  3. desmondP.
    Mar 1, 2009
    Vastly overrated. Other than the two young hoodlums it is difficult to tell who is who, what they are doing and why.
  4. Jeffjef
    Mar 25, 2009
    Completely overrated. how can so many film critics get this completely wrong. the only strong point is that it has good cinematography. you know where the plot is going and don't feel a connection to anyone because of the way the story is told.
  5. JoshB
    Feb 16, 2009
    Overrated. Somewhat engaging, but not much of a payoff for investing your time. Also it's pretty confusing.

Awards & Rankings


Universal acclaim - based on 30 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 28 out of 30
  2. Negative: 1 out of 30
  1. Reviewed by: Damon Wise
    A sombre, slow, but well-paced study of organised crime in urban Naples that leaves a very grim taste in the mouth.
  2. 80
    The five interwoven narratives in this visceral but disciplined and beautifully acted movie show to devastating effect how ordinary men and women -- and especially vulnerable boys desperate for masculine role models -- get caught up in the seductive violence and are ruthlessly destroyed by the network's hardened henchmen.
  3. 100
    The fingerprints of the Camorra are everywhere, this film wants us to know, and its grip is lethal.