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The Matador


Rated R for strong sexual content and language.

R In Theaters 12/30/2005 , 97min.
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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. Full Review
Desson Thomson
Washington Post
At first blush, there's something vicariously liberating about Brosnan strutting through a lobby dressed only in Speedos and cowboy boots. But it also feels false. The actor seems to be theatrically slumming before his return to suave form. Full Review
James Berardinelli
There's nothing edgy or groundbreaking about The Matador, but it's funny, touching, and ultimately endearing. Full Review
Joe Leydon
Deftly maneuvering through audacious mood swings and tonal shifts, The Matador emerges as a quirky yet commercial commingling of black comedy, seriocomic psychodrama, heart-tugging sudser and buddy-movie farce. Full Review
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. Full Review

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