The Matador (2006)

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Critic 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.


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

Rating: R (for strong sexual content and language)
Genre: Drama , Action & Adventure , Mystery & Suspense , Comedy
Directed By: ,
Written By: Richard Shepard, Richard Shepherd
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jul 4, 2006
Box Office: $12.4M
Runtime:
The Weinstein Company - Official Site

Cast


as Julian Noble

as Danny Wright

as Carolyn `Bean' Wrigh...

as Mr. Randy

as Phil Garrison

as Lovell

as Radio DJ

as Young Denver Fling

as Genevive

as The Matador

as Vienna Fling

as Manila Target

as Young Julian in Mani...
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Critic Reviews for The Matador

All Critics (155) | Top Critics (38)

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
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
IGN DVD

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
BrandonFibbs.com

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
eFilmCritic.com

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.

TheDudeLebowski65
Alex roy

Super Reviewer

½

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.

cosmo313
Chris Weber

Super Reviewer

½

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.

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Bruce Bruce

Super Reviewer

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