Metascore
80

Generally favorable reviews - based on 6 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. From its star-studded cast to its indelible camerawork by the legendary Giuseppe Rotunno, it's an unforgettable experience by a revered master of European cinema.
  2. Reviewed by: Angelina Sciolla
    80
    As we toss around words such as "dark," "stylish," "brooding," and "tragic" along the road to perdition, I recommend a three and a half hour pit stop in 1950s Milan.
  3. 100
    Neither the neighborhood intimacy of "Mean Streets" nor the grandeur of the "Godfather" movies is imaginable without Visconti's example. Its richness, though, is inexhaustible, and well served by the spotless new 35-millimeter print being shown at Film Forum.
  4. Reviewed by: Staff (Not credited)
    80
    Violent, deliberately operatic, and makes ambiguous social statements.
  5. Reviewed by: Staff (Not credited)
    70
    It's plotted in the form of an epic poem, each stanza dedicated to a member of the group.
  6. Visconti's film remains a Euro-culture touchstone, though not nearly as convincing or visually stunning as its reputation insists.
User Score
7.1

Generally favorable reviews- based on 9 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Apr 23, 2015
    8
    The Parondi family comes from a southern Italian village, after its patriarch passes away, the mother Rosaria (Paxinou) decides to bring herThe Parondi family comes from a southern Italian village, after its patriarch passes away, the mother Rosaria (Paxinou) decides to bring her other four sons Simone (Salvatori), Rocco (Delon), Ciro (Cartier) and the underage Luca (Vidolazzi) to seek refuge with her eldest son Vincenzo (Focás) in Milan. Their unexpected arrival instantly enkindles a wrangle with the family of Ginetta (Cardinale), Vincenzo’s fiancée. In the opening gambit, Visconti manifests how he is well-versed in orchestrating a huge cast simultaneously and effectively expediting the scenes from a festive get-together to a classic Italian verbal battle with utter precision.

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