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Based on 14 Reviews
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  • 100
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    The pleasure of this unique film comes in watching superb actors dine on Mamet's pungent language like the feast it is. show more

  • 88
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    Mamet's dialogue has a kind of logic, a cadence, that allows people to arrive in triumph at the ends of sentences we could not possibly have imagined. There is great energy in it. You can see the joy with which these actors get their teeth into these great lines. show more

  • 75
    The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    It's blackly comic - though the humour creeps up on you slowly, and you're seldom sure if you should really be laughing. show more

  • 80
    TV Guide

    A searing showcase for a remarkable ensemble cast. show more

  • 50
    Austin Chronicle

    Interesting to watch like well-performed gymnastics but it never really connects. show more

  • 100
    Owen Gleiberman Entertainment Weekly

    The movie version, directed with unobtrusive precision by James Foley, stays amazingly true to the play's feisty spirit. show more

  • 100
    Vincent Canby The New York Times

    The reason the film prompts laughter, and finally elation, is not because it's jolly or has any feel-good words to live by. It's because of the utterly demonic skill with which these foulmouthed characters carve one another up in futile attempts to stave off disaster. show more

  • 100
    Jonathan Rosenbaum Chicago Reader

    All-expert cast. show more

  • 90
    Noel Murray The A.V. Club

    Gets most of its legs from the acting and the dialogue, which has such a rhythmic grace that scenes from the movie can be played and replayed with no loss of thump. show more

  • 80
    Rita Kempley Washington Post

    All the performances are exceptional. show more

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