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Based on 36 Reviews
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  • 75
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    Writer-director Richard Shepard gives Brosnan his meatiest role ever, and he digs in with relish. show more

  • 50
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    Strives for an airy, merry amorality, but it never quite achieves liftoff, though at times it comes close. show more

  • 88
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    Pierce Brosnan is the anti-Bond in The Matador. And though he's anything but suave, sophisticated or debonair, he's a joy to behold. show more

  • 70
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    The Matador has its dull patches, one of which is relieved by Hope Davis's endearing presence as Danny's wife. But what fun it is to watch Julian losing it, and Pierce Brosnan nailing it. He's worth the price of admission and then some. show more

  • 75
    Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer

    Brazenly enjoyable, The Matador is a picaresque cocktail with a Tarantino twist. It is The Odd Couple with a buzz on. show more

  • 75
    Jack Mathews New York Daily News

    It is no small compliment to Pierce Brosnan to say that his performance in writer-director Richard Shephard's goofy black comedy The Matador could only be rivaled by Christopher Walken. show more

  • 70
    Kirk Honeycutt The Hollywood Reporter

    The Matador gets a 151-proof tequila shot of sharp comedy from the droll byplay between Pierce Brosnan and Greg Kinnear. show more

  • 88
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    Brosnan redefines "hit man" in the best performance of his career, and Kinnear plays with, and against, his image as a regular kinda guy. show more

  • 88

    It's a role that essentially demystifies Brosnan's star persona, and in it he is simply sensational, funnier and more persuasively neurotic than even a devoted fan might expect. show more

  • 88
    Lawrence Toppman Charlotte Observer

    A wicked comedy with just the mildest amount of pathos to season the blend. show more

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