Metascore
71

Generally favorable reviews - based on 4 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 4
  2. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. Reviewed by: Linda Stasi
    Jul 26, 2013
    75
    If you are a serious-minded man (or woman) who loves mob lore, you’ll be all over this like a really bad smell.
  2. Reviewed by: Dorothy Rabinowitz
    Jul 25, 2013
    80
    Hard as it may be to imagine, there is still drama in the subject of crime families. And National Geographic Channel's contribution, the six-part Inside the American Mob, is impressive on that score. Most of its persuasiveness derives from first-person reflections both by federal officials and by Mafios.
  3. Reviewed by: David Hiltbrand
    Jul 25, 2013
    70
    This is a solid addition to a saga we find endlessly fascinating.
  4. Reviewed by: David Hinckley
    Jul 25, 2013
    60
    We’ve seen so many mob documentaries and dramas that the whole subject sometimes seems cartoonish. Inside the American Mob does not.
User Score
6.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 7 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. Feb 9, 2015
    8
    Mob documentaries are a dime a dozen and are almost always the same. They feature guys who wrote books about the mafia, talking about AlMob documentaries are a dime a dozen and are almost always the same. They feature guys who wrote books about the mafia, talking about Al Capone and John Gotti, until now. Inside The American Mob was a long time in the making and for the first time really does give an accurate history and inside look at organized crime. Two things made this mini-series different from the others, the first being, the people they interviewed. National Geographic sits down with actual detectives, informants, agents, and even current members, who live the mob life. They tell stories that haven't been told before and as it turns out a lot of things we've been told before weren't quite right. The second difference is that this documentary focuses on the timeline, going from the beginning of the five families, all the way up to today. Yes, they talk about Gotti and Donnie Brasco, but they also focus intently on the big names that came in between and weren't as infamous. I have an odd fascination with organized crime and I watch mob documentaries and films fairly often, and I usually don't learn too much or meet people I didn't already know about. Inside The American Mob was completely different, as each of the six episodes introduced me to thing I never would have imagined, told to me by the people who were actually there. National Geographic set out to film the definitive insiders guide to the mob and they succeeded. Full Review »
  2. Aug 22, 2013
    8
    Comprehensive and objective. The series tells you both sides of the story straight from the people that were involved. It's a good watch evenComprehensive and objective. The series tells you both sides of the story straight from the people that were involved. It's a good watch even if you aren't very interested in the subject. Full Review »
  3. Aug 2, 2013
    9
    So far this is a great mini series. What you come to expect of National Geographic. This mob show shows how the mob in america came to itsSo far this is a great mini series. What you come to expect of National Geographic. This mob show shows how the mob in america came to its demise. Once the FBI got inside it was the end of a long era. Full Review »