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Based on 21 Reviews
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  • 50
    Edward Guthmann San Francisco Chronicle

    The story of an elaborate con game and the wholesale betrayal of an innocent man, it's also an unusually cold film that ends with a feeling of hollow soullessness. show more

  • 88
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    The Spanish Prisoner resembles Alfred Hitchcock in the way that everything takes place in full view, on sunny beaches and in brightly lit rooms, with attractive people smilingly pulling the rug out from under the hero and revealing the abyss. show more

  • 88
    David Sterritt Christian Science Monitor

    A thriller so tricky that figuring it out is half the fun. show more

  • 88
    Jay Carr Boston Globe

    It's a treat to encounter the deadpan light-handedness with which Mamet goes about his business. show more

  • 75
    G. Allen Johnson San Francisco Examiner

    The weird thing about the films David Mamet has directed is that they have about as much emotion as a cyborg in a science fiction movie, yet by the end of the picture it isn't necessary; by then the audience has supplied their own. show more

  • 75
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    The Spanish Prisoner is for anyone who likes to think and feel along with the characters. show more

  • 75
    Liam Lacey The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    Mamet's stylized dialogue, elaborate plot puzzles and the angry cleverness of his characterization makes for an invigorating, if not exactly likeable, mix. show more

  • 50
    Maitland McDonagh TV Guide

    The story works, in that everything fits together, but the film feels hollow and unfinished, like a run-through for a movie rather than the movie itself. show more

  • 50
    Marjorie Baumgarten Austin Chronicle

    The Spanish Prisoner seems an almost purely theoretical exercise, with Mamet as the con man whose sole goal is to make us believe anything he wants. show more

  • 83
    Ty Burr Entertainment Weekly

    For once, too, David Mamet the director outshines David Mamet the writer. show more

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