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  • 50
    Walter Addiego San Francisco Chronicle

    Amenta was deeply moved by Rita's story, but his prosaic direction can't do it justice. show more

  • 60
    Michelle Orange Movieline

    Based on a true story which director Marco Amenta explored 12 years ago in documentary form, The Sicilian Girl feels powered by unfocused preoccupation, rather than by a more compelling creative ambition. show more

  • 50
    V.A. Musetto New York Post

    Despite strong performances by Gerard Jugnot as the crime-busting prosecutor and Veronica D'Agostino as the adult Rita, The Sicilian Girl never lives up to its potential. show more

  • 50
    Ty Burr Boston Globe

    Ends with a curious whimper instead of the bang it has been pointing toward; the filmmaker's reverence for his heroine seems to bind his hands. show more

  • 50
    Joe Williams St. Louis Post-Dispatch

    Imagine if the "Godfather" saga had been told from the point of view of Talia Shire's character. The perspective of a don's daughter could produce a compelling movie, but The Sicilian Girl isn't it. show more

  • 40
    David Fear Time Out New York

    You get the "girl," but little else; even as a tribute to one woman's determination, this semibiopic screams botched opportunity show more

  • 50
    Nicolas Rapold Village Voice

    The facts are more gripping than the filmmaking in Marco Amenta's routine docudrama about tenacious teen informer Rita Atria. show more

  • 50
    Ronnie Scheib Variety

    Even if Matteo Garrone's "Gomorrah" hadn't dramatically raised the bar for mafioso movies, The Sicilian Girl would have repped a mediocre entry in the Cosa Nostra canon and a waste of an extraordinary true story. show more

  • 40
    Jeannette Catsoulis The New York Times

    Belonging more in the realm of tragic melodrama than true crime, The Sicilian Girl is hobbled by sluggish direction (by Marco Amenta, who previously addressed Atria's story in his 1997 documentary, "One Girl Against the Mafia: Diary of a Sicilian Rebel"), and a revulsion to nuance. show more

  • 75
    Scott Tobias The A.V. Club

    She was simultaneously a pariah and a marked woman, and Amenta respectfully honors her quixotic, deeply lonely quest for justice. show more

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