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  • Summary: New York City, 1991. Small-time crooks Tommy (Michael Pitt) and Rosie (Nina Arianda) Uva, who specialize in robbing Mafia social clubs, stumble upon a secret so closely guarded that rank-and-file mobsters don’t even know of its existence. To the Feds, it’s the smoking gun they’ve been looking for—a key to dismantling New York’s already-faltering crime syndicate once and for all. To Big Al (Andy Garcia), it’s something that can't fall into the wrong hands. For Tommy and Rosie, caught between the law and a mob contract, the future depends on who gets to them first. Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. Reviewed by: Nikola Grozdanovic
    Mar 21, 2014
    83
    Carefully balancing stereotypes with tasteful comedy, De Felitta has his three leads and a generally refreshing screenplay to thank for making Rob The Mob a joy to watch.
  2. Reviewed by: Sheila O'Malley
    Mar 21, 2014
    75
    Breezy, sleazy, and sometimes-intense, Rob the Mob depicts a very specific sliver of time in New York history, a time overrun by crack, graffiti, and omnipresent organized crime.
  3. Reviewed by: Rene Rodriguez
    Apr 3, 2014
    75
    Although the premise sounds gimmicky, Rob the Mob is based on a true, incredible story, and the sense of mortal danger is palpable every time Thomas goes in to score some loot (these men were not to be trifled with).
  4. Reviewed by: Bilge Ebiri
    Mar 21, 2014
    70
    For all their fuck-ups, we never question why these two characters are still together. In these actors’ hands, ably guided by a director who deserves to be better known, this minor little crime caper becomes a very human romantic drama.
  5. Reviewed by: Ben Kenigsberg
    Mar 20, 2014
    67
    The scowling Pitt proves no match for the Tony-winning Arianda, whose brassy, thick-accented positivity could probably cut down the gangsters as mercilessly as any gun. While the pair is robbing the mob, she’s stealing the movie.
  6. Reviewed by: Andrew Frisicano
    Mar 18, 2014
    60
    Early on, the film bristles with endorphins and oddness.
  7. Reviewed by: Sam Weisberg
    Mar 18, 2014
    40
    The stickups, while plenty funny... lack any sense of dread or danger. And while De Felitta has a knack for slaphappy eroticism — with the feisty Arianda on board, the sex scenes have genuine heat — he also resorts too often to sappy lyricism.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 1 out of 5
  1. Jul 22, 2014
    8
    Based on the true story which resembles 'Bonnie and Clyde'. That's what everyone says and expressing their displeasure over this movie. But it's nothing wrong with a movie to inspire from the true event even it is similar to other stories. In this movie they gave right credit mentioning the notorious criminals couple Bonnie and Clyde. But the reason I went for it is the director of 'City Island' expecting something similar feast and it did not upset me. I absolutely enjoyed it.

    A couple who rob shops for a living come clean after spending few years in a correctional facility. Still, they are together and working hard, but not enough earn to pay bills. Meanwhile, the famous ongoing trial of a criminal gang that rocked the States attracts them. So they plan to rob the mob and it stunts both the end, mobs and the cops. Soon the couple becomes the target and how the story resolve is the rest which explained effectively.

    ‘‘Guns and wiseguys
    is a bad mix.

    There's no doubt, this movie is fine, but the only disadvantage is that if you have already saw 'Bonnie and Clyde' then this would interest you less. Both the stories are completely different, but by the couple it is comparable. The lead couples were very good, especially Nina Adrianda and I think I saw best of her. Andy Garcia's show was missing. Being a powerful underworld kingpin, his character won't stand up to the standards of the title. When 'Bonnie and Clyde' meets 'Goodfellas', this is not what we anticipated, instead a crucial clash. In the end, I think it stood true to the real story, that is what all matters. I still feel it is a nice flick to give a try if you like the gangster theme.

    7.5/10
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  2. Jun 15, 2014
    8
    True stories about the mafia are perhaps the great topic Hollywood has exploited since the seventies. But this movie is more then that. Is not about honor between thieves or families traditions. Is more about lost souls, revenge and a no-turning-back path some choose to be in. Expand
  3. Jun 8, 2014
    7
    The plot is as flat/dumb as main characters are, but this trait is the one that makes this movies so unbelievably... cute? Not 'so bad it's almost good', but something like 'so simple almost good'. I probably do miss this kind of simplicity in the movies. Collapse
  4. Apr 5, 2014
    7
    Rob the Mob: adequate movie, bad title. The plot is full of holes, and I find it very hard to believe that this film was based on a true story. However, the film is quirky and unique in ways that moves it above average genre fare for its non-linear filming style. Expand
  5. Apr 24, 2014
    3
    Two small-time crooks in New York 1991 discover that Mafia social clubs are full of money and no guns, so they start robbing them (based on a true story). Unfortunately, the guy (Michael Pitt) is hot headed, dumb and never likable. On the other hand, Nina Arianda has created a delightful character as the girlfriend. She got lots of comic moxie and is the only worthwhile thing about the movie (except Griffin Dunne's supporting role). The script attempts to have emotional depth, but the writing and direction are flat. To make matters worse, it's predictable at every turn and the music is terrible. What starts out with a bouncy pace soon loses momentum and becomes a tedious yawn. Expand

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