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By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Violent chronicle of gangster's final descent into dementia.

Movie R 2020 103 minutes
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age 18+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 18+

Absolutely awful

I cannot express this strongly enough. This is positively the worst movie I have ever seen.
age 18+

Violent and dark

This film is set in the last year of life for Capone, so you would expect the violence to be at a minimum. We all know that he led an ultra violent life, but I think the violent scenes in this film (mostly as flashbacks) were extended when there was no need to be, seeing a man get stabbed in the next circa 30 times after prolonged torture was excessive and unnecessary, the sexual scenes for me were at a minimum, brief and clothed. The language was coarse throughout, with barely one scene not containing f**k or c**t or mother f*****r. I would not let my children view this and my eldest is 17, this has the potential to warp young minds and harm, it has to be 18+.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much swearing

Is It Any Good?

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Parents say (2):
Kids say (2):

Hardy's commitment to director Josh Trank's uneven, trippy character study is both laudable and laughable: He offers a slurring, grunting, drooling depiction of the gangster during his final year. Trank, whose clever 2012 debut Chronicle was followed by the notoriously disappointing The Fantastic Four, isn't reclaiming any cred with this ambitious but unsatisfying biopic about the notorious crime boss's descent into madness and decay. The body horror here is real: Hardy's make-up team deserves a shout-out for making his skin authentically look like it's not only swollen and scarred but also suffering from the symptoms of advanced disease. Toward the end of the film, Capone looks like he's contracting Greyscale (from Game of Thrones) or turning into Gollum; the movie could be used as a PSA for serious STDs. Hardy, to his credit, rolls with it all, managing to project an aura of violence even when Capone is losing control of his bowels (twice).

Cardellini is noteworthy as Capone's long-suffering, devoted wife, Mae, and Kyle MacLachlan is good as Capone's personal physician. Dillon is a welcome source of humor as a fellow gangster (his line about what happens when you spend too much time in Florida is the screenplay's funniest moment). But audiences may also end up laughing at unintentionally funny times, like the over-the-top scenes in which Capone, wearing an adult diaper and smoking a carrot instead of a cigar, is walking around unhinged. At least it can't be said that this is a glamorization of Capone's mob-boss life. It's unclear, however, what the point of Trank's film really is, and it's too slow and unsettling to remember for anything but Hardy's outsized performance.

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