Romeo Is Bleeding (1993) - Crime, Drama, Romance

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A womanizing, crooked cop on the payroll of the mafia is confronted with the reality of his double life after he is asked to kill a beautiful and ruthless Russian gangster.

IMDB: 6.6
Director: Peter Medak
Stars: Gary Oldman, Lena Olin
Length: 110 Minutes
PG Rating: R
Reviews: 16 out of 92 found boring (17.39%)

One-line Reviews (53)

This now comes off as an amoral, sleazy, very bloody, very violent and (surprisingly) tedious movie.

The whole things rapidly plunges from laughable to dumb and pretentious crapolo, and finally to involuntarily breaking the fifth wall, and making the viewer search for the remote control.

"Romeo Is Bleeding", with its stylish direction, top-class cinematography and atmospheric score is often lurid, sensational and over-the-top but its comic-book style is perfectly suited to the nature of its characters and its fast-moving plot.

Because even with the simple (and, dare to say, predictable) plot, this film manages to be unique and memorable.

Embarrassingly pretentious claptrap.

Lewis is enjoyable as Grimaldi's mousy, clinging lover and Ron Perlman adds the same gruff tough guy that he did so well in Kevin Costner's Robin Hood, and Sigourney Weaver's Aliens Resurrection.

Mostly for the acting, but the story line is compelling and you can feel for even the most rotten of people.

The dark tone combined with excessive violence and plotting make for a good film which I found enjoyable despite all being a bit hackneyed at times!

An intense, fun and wild picture for those with a taste for something different.

I feel like this script alone should have gotten a lot more attention, let alone the simply stunning, beautiful film that it has turned into.

A screenwriter friend recommended that I rent this--I'm sorry; it was boring.

Art is Boring.

Its a movie that succeeds in pulling it all together rather well and at the same time making us stay on the edge of our seat to see whats gonna happen next.

It is, start-to-finish, the most entertaining crime movie I have ever watched.

There's voiceovers, long shots of The Big Empty, and Williamsburg Brooklyn before gentrification.

Terrible and boring.

Other kudos must go out to the beautiful women in this, Lena Olen and Juliette Lewis are breathtaking in this.

The jazz score got on my nerves quickly and the pointless nudity and extreme violence just annoyed me.

Hard to Watch yet Gripping .

Hilary Henkin has written a tight and compelling script and it's directed with sheer brilliance.

The movie itself is vicious, and extremely disjointed.

ROMEO IS BLEEDING is a fascinating and unusual hybrid of highly personalized old fashioned 40s noir and ultra-violent stylized 90s crime drama.

Throw in lots of off-color language and yelling to replace lack of story, or lack clever dialogue, or lack of plot.

Very strong and gripping...

Beautiful entertaining piece of artwork.

It has an overwritten melodramatic monologue which drags on way too long.

An intriguing opening that keeps you hooked throughout the movie, trying to figure out how the film arrived there.

Very odd film that has it's moments and is reasonably entertaining.

It follows all the rules of the genre and thus feels a little like a cliché, but it has sufficient style and confidence of it's own to be worth watching.

The cat and mouse game between Jack and Mona is riveting, as we wonder how it will all end.

This is a film that delivers many of the elements of Noir - the doomed hero, the dangerous woman, the dark city - but fails to build a compelling story out of them.

Confusing first time round.

Outrageously Entertaining.

The pacing was abysmally slow and that was interrupted by cartoonish violence often in slow motion.

Pretentious 'noir' wannabe with the boom mike getting nearly as much camera time as the star.

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A pointless hope about his wife that could be just a faken.

If you want to see a great thriller that makes you sit on the edge of your seat with out being overly gory, check this movie out!

I may be wrong but believe this whole film is simply a parody of the film noirs: an outrageous take on those movies with an over-the-top villain (Lena Olin, the most fascinating female I have ever come across on film), along with over-the-top characters, action scenes, dialog and narration.

Exciting Thriller .

This movie is a complete waste of time.

Romeo Is Bleeding is addictive-ly compelling in the same manner that Sergio Leone re-imagined Westerns are, and you have to scratch your head and wonder what kind of opiate were the critics and the viewing public mainlining on when this accidental masterpiece of a film debuted.

This film has many intense, dramatic and memorable scenes under the guise of a Neo-Noir.

Don't waste your time watching it.

A solidly enjoyable noir .

Romeo is Bleeding is a riveting thriller.

Lena Olin is vicious, frightening and extremely sexy in this offbeat film noir about a corrupt cop (Gary Oldman), his bored wife (the beautiful Annabella Sciorra) and his dimwitted mistress (Juliette Lewis).

Overall, this is an enjoyable movie, which makes the fact that this was a challenge from Benn all the more fun.

What happens to the characters in this film is what makes this a very intense film.

It was boring, poorly acted and way over done.

Definitely worth watching.

This movie has the same ethos as "Bad Lieutenant", but doesn't have that movie's crushing, personally wretched banality.

Sounds confusing?