Romeo Is Bleeding (1994)

Genres - Thriller  |   Sub-Genres - Erotic Thriller, Post-Noir (Modern Noir), Black Comedy  |   Release Date - Feb 4, 1994 (USA)  |   Run Time - 105 min.  |   Countries - United Kingdom, United States  |   MPAA Rating - R
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Review by Linda Rasmussen

Romeo is Bleeding is a perverse, vicious modern-day film noir, featuring one of the most unusual and brutally violent female characters in film. The film, an excessive tribute to the noir universe of tough women and weak men, sets out to push the conventions of noir further than they've ever been pushed. However, despite the all-out, memorable performance by Lena Olin and some other fine moments, Romeo is Bleeding fails because it is shallow and self-mocking, filled with self-conscious references to the overwrought world of pulp fiction -- substituting flash and violence for depth and character.