The Wannabe
The Wannabe (2015)

Obsessed with mob culture, and desperate to fit in, Thomas sets out to fix the 1992 trial of John Gotti. He believes if the plan is executed, it will put him at the center of all that he idolizes. The plot is foiled, setting off events… More

Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: December 4, 2015
DVD Release Date: January 26, 2016
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Andy Webster
New York Times

Mr. Piazza offers a persuasive portrait of decline, but it is the crumbling beauty and flailing hopes of Rose that resonate. Ms. Arquette comprehends the character inside and out, and her aim is true.

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John DeFore
Hollywood Reporter

Few films are better titled than The Wannabe, a portrait of a Bronx kid who would have done anything to be part of the mob world he knew from the movies.

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Brian Orndorf

Its taste in antiheroes doesn't inspire fascination, just a desire to see a different movie.

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Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times

The mix of callous humor and romantic doom doesn't always hold up, but in its best moments, "The Wannabe" finds real spikiness in the pitfalls of anti-hero worship.

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Elise Nakhnikian
Slant Magazine

Thomas and Rose ricochet from one boneheaded, depressing escapade to another, and by the end you may start to feel as eager as the mobsters they're tormenting to get rid already of these babbos.

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Roger Moore
Movie Nation

Arquette shines, but this unmade-man mob movie lacks the energy and brutally dark humor of "Rob the Mob," which was about exactly the same story,.

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Clayton Dillard
Slant Magazine

The film is less a revisionist take on the circumstances of John Gotti's 1992 indictment than a tedious love child of Bonnie and Clyde and Goodfellas.

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Shawn Hazelett
Under the Radar

The Wannabe is too derivative for any insight, offering little more than tired tropes and bad accents.

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