• The Matador (2005)

The Matador

Release Date: December 30th, 2005

DVD Release Date: July 4th, 2006

R |1 hr 37 min

Plot Summary

Salesman Danny Wright (Greg Kinnear) is working through his shaky marriage and the untimely death of his child when he bumps into the similarly dispirited Julian Noble (Pierce Brosnan) in a Mexican dive bar. After they develop an unusual but meaningful bond, the brash Julian reveals that he is a contract killer, which doesn't bother Danny. Months later, a desperate Julian shows up at Danny's home and asks for a life-changing favor that truly puts their friendship to the test.

Cast: Pierce Brosnan, Greg Kinnear, Hope Davis, Philip Baker Hall, Dylan Baker, Adam Scott, Portia Dawson, Maureen Muldoon

Director: Richard Shepard

Genres: Comedy drama

Production Co: Stratus Films

Keywords: Cheeky, 2000s, Transformation, Bar, Wife

Ratings & Reviews

  • 70
    Joe MorgensternWall 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.

  • 88
    Roger EbertChicago 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

  • 70
    Kirk HoneycuttThe 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

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Nominated Best Performance By an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy