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The Matador (2006)


Average Rating: 6.7/10
Reviews Counted: 152
Fresh: 113 | Rotten: 39

Critics Consensus: This humorously amoral, oddball comic thriller features strong performances by Pierce Brosnan and Greg Kinnear as a flamboyant, aging hit-man and an out of work suburban businessman, respectively.

Average Rating: 6.4/10
Critic Reviews: 37
Fresh: 25 | Rotten: 12

Critics Consensus: This humorously amoral, oddball comic thriller features strong performances by Pierce Brosnan and Greg Kinnear as a flamboyant, aging hit-man and an out of work suburban businessman, respectively.


Average Rating: 3.2/5
User Ratings: 73,428


Movie Info

A chance meeting between two middle-aged men leads one into a life of crime in this offbeat comedy. Danny Wright (Greg Kinnear) is an American businessman whose life has been going through a sour patch after he and his wife, Carolyn (Hope Davis), lost their young son. During a business trip to Mexico City, Danny strikes up a conversation in a hotel bar with fellow out-of-towner Julian Noble (Pierce Brosnan), and while Julian's loud and brassy manner initially puts Danny off, in time the two … More

R (for strong sexual content and language)
Drama , Action & Adventure , Mystery & Suspense , Comedy
Directed By:
Written By:
Richard Shepard
In Theaters:
Jul 4, 2006
Box Office:
The Weinstein Company - Official Site



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Critic Reviews for The Matador

All Critics (155) | Top Critics (38) | Fresh (113) | Rotten (39) | DVD (26)

Brosnan's irreverent charm makes this a welcome alternative to Bond nonsense, even if it's insufficient to compensate for dreary Kinnear ...

Full Review… | August 16, 2007
Time Out New York
Top Critic

... a dark comedy that is missing the laughs to be funny and the darkness to be, well, dark.

Full Review… | January 27, 2006
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

Never as good as you'd hoped or as bad as you'd feared, The Matador is one of those of up-and-down experiences.

Full Review… | January 20, 2006
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

Let the good times roll, and take a run at The Matador.

Full Review… | January 14, 2006
Arizona Republic
Top Critic

It's painful to watch as the movie basically destroys itself in the second half, slipping from its elegant thriller setup to tired sitcom shenanigans.

Full Review… | January 13, 2006
Miami Herald
Top Critic

The destination isn't much to get excited about, but you're in good company along the way.

January 13, 2006
Fort Worth Star-Telegram/
Top Critic

Absurd and quirky at times, The Matador plays like a "Bizarro World" variation of a James Bond film. It's beautifully shot, strange and deeply meaningful.

Full Review… | December 24, 2010

Brosnan's sleazy, broken-spirited hitman Julian Noble nabs the spotlight in Richard Shepard's generally pleasing comic thriller.

Full Review… | August 19, 2010
Cinema Writer

With great performances, including a scene stealing show stopper from Brosnan, and tight direction, this is a great crises of conscience tale.

Full Review… | April 29, 2009
Cinema Crazed

...a hip and hilarious dark comedy.

Full Review… | February 28, 2008

Brosnan's work as a monster who'd like to become human, but has no idea how, is painfully funny.

Full Review… | September 27, 2007

A chemistry-free buddy flick.

Full Review… | July 2, 2007
Upstage Magazine

Get past the stunt casting, and The Matador has very little to offer, despite all the hubbub surrounding it.

Full Review… | March 1, 2007
Film Journal International

Nice characters and situations: unfortunately, writer-director Richard Shephard didn't have much idea where to go with them.

Full Review… | January 27, 2007

But the gold star here goes to Brosnan. His performance digs deep into Julian's soul and it is that depth that makes the performance stand out.

Full Review… | December 13, 2006
Nolan's Pop Culture Review

in an ideal world, The Matador would be the movie to watch on a late Friday afternoon to start relaxing for the weekend

Full Review… | September 10, 2006
Movies for the Masses

... it does give Brosnan a chance to show his comic skills in an edgy comedy that is perhaps not dark enough for the subject matter.

August 9, 2006
Atlantic City Weekly

Thrives on its sleazeball hero being so colorful that you forget its thin, vacuous, amoral and improbable hit man story.

Full Review… | July 11, 2006
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Brosnan is performing his own high-wire act here, daring us not to like his sleazy, vulgar, insensitive, immoral character.

Full Review… | July 6, 2006
Creative Loafing

Casting Greg Kinnear (As Good As It Gets) to play the straight man to Brosnan's wacked-out whack-man was a stroke of genius.

July 4, 2006

An amusing and original comedy that skips along with the quirky, charismatic shake-shake-shake of maracas.

Full Review… | May 4, 2006

Ole! for this off-kilter buddy pic with a darker side.

Full Review… | March 14, 2006
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)

Pierce Brosnan oferece, aqui, um dos melhores desempenhos de sua carreira.

March 11, 2006
Cinema em Cena

Demands to be loved in spite of itself and refuses to sugar-coat its characters for its audience. And that'll make it a love it or leave it film; there'll be no sitting on the fence after seeing this.

Full Review… | March 11, 2006

As a comedy thriller, The Matador is insufficiently funny or black.

Full Review… | March 4, 2006
Observer [UK]

Audience Reviews for The Matador

I had high hopes for this film; unfortunately it didn't do it for me. I was very disappointed with the film. I felt that the film was way too long and took too much time to get to the point. Even with a great cast, The Matador is a mediocre film that has nothing really interesting going for it. I thought the film could have been much better and it had plenty of wasted potential. I didn't like the film, and was quite forgettable to be honest. This film really could have been a great film, but I felt that the script really didn't have anything really remarkable about it. The Matador is a long film that is just boring, not even the great cast can save this film from being bad. I really couldn't get into this film, and I felt it could have been much better than what it turned out to be. This is just an overrated film where there's nothing going on-screen. The film missed the mark, and wasn't entertaining. This film could have been much better, but it fails because it's too boring. As far as the comedy is concerned, I didn't see anything funny about it, and it just failed at being enjoyable, funny and memorable. The Matador is forgettable and it just doesn't have anything worth mentioning. I think it's too bad because the cast was great, but the films plot, I felt didn't work. I didn't like this one, and though not awful, it's simply not very good either.

Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

Super Reviewer


Julian Noble is a jaded and lonely hitman going through a mid-life crisis. Danny Wright is a mild mannered salesman whose business is struggling. They meet one another in a chance encounter while on business trips in Mexico City and from there the two form an unlikely and awkward friendship that begins to have a profound effect on them.

If the image of a moustachioed Pierce Brosnan wearing cowboy boots and a speedo intrigues you, then this is a movie for you. Brosnan is delightful as Julian, and you can tell he's having fun making little jabs at his tenure as James Bond. As Danny, Greg Kinnear makes for a solid foil against Brosnan's Julian, and he's good, though overshadowed. Hope Davis is also rather funny as Danny's loving wife who reacts to Julian in a surprisingly funny way.

The film is a dark comedy, with some elements of action and intrigue, and it mostly works, but even then, the tone is all over the place, and it seems difficult to sometiems tell what the film wants to be. It's still pretty agreeable and very entertaining though. The story isn't spectacular, but the performances and likeability of the characters make it work.

If you want something fun and different, then check this out.

Chris Weber

Super Reviewer


A pretty good film about a hitman (Pierce Brosnan), who meets a pretty normal guy with a life full of bad luck (Greg Kinnear). They become friends and our hitman is losing his skills. He shows up at Danny's house to enlisted him in one last hit before he retires. Its an enjoyable film a little comedy with Action Adventure. 3 1/2 stars.

Bruce Bruce

Super Reviewer

Perfect for brainless light entertainment after a hard day of work. Pierce Brosnan is always great in silly roles and they don't come much sillier than a hit man with a crisis of confidence.

Ross Collins

Super Reviewer

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