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The Matador Reviews

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R. L. Shaffer
December 24, 2010
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 | Original Score: 8/10
Jay Antani
Cinema Writer
August 19, 2010
Brosnan's sleazy, broken-spirited hitman Julian Noble nabs the spotlight in Richard Shepard's generally pleasing comic thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
April 29, 2009
With great performances, including a scene stealing show stopper from Brosnan, and tight direction, this is a great crises of conscience tale.
Brandon Fibbs
February 28, 2008
...a hip and hilarious dark comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Rob Gonsalves
September 27, 2007
Brosnan's work as a monster who'd like to become human, but has no idea how, is painfully funny.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Top Critic
Ben Walters
Time Out
August 16, 2007
Brosnan's irreverent charm makes this a welcome alternative to Bond nonsense, even if it's insufficient to compensate for dreary Kinnear ...
Kam Williams
Upstage Magazine
July 2, 2007
A chemistry-free buddy flick.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Daniel Eagan
Film Journal International
March 1, 2007
Get past the stunt casting, and The Matador has very little to offer, despite all the hubbub surrounding it.
Peter Bradshaw
January 27, 2007
Nice characters and situations: unfortunately, writer-director Richard Shephard didn't have much idea where to go with them.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Michael A. Smith
Nolan's Pop Culture Review
December 13, 2006
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 | Original Score: 3/4
Joseph Proimakis
Movies for the Masses
September 10, 2006
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 | Original Score: 3.5/5
Lori Hoffman
Atlantic City Weekly
August 9, 2006
... 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.
| Original Score: 2/4
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
July 11, 2006
Thrives on its sleazeball hero being so colorful that you forget its thin, vacuous, amoral and improbable hit man story.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
July 6, 2006
Brosnan is performing his own high-wire act here, daring us not to like his sleazy, vulgar, insensitive, immoral character.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
James Plath
July 4, 2006
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.
| Original Score: 3/4
Matt Pais
May 4, 2006
An amusing and original comedy that skips along with the quirky, charismatic shake-shake-shake of maracas.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Bruce Bennett
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
March 14, 2006
Ole! for this off-kilter buddy pic with a darker side.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Pablo Villaša
Cinema em Cena
March 11, 2006
Pierce Brosnan oferece, aqui, um dos melhores desempenhos de sua carreira.
| Original Score: 3/5
Joe Utichi
March 11, 2006
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 | Original Score: 4/5
Philip French
Observer [UK]
March 4, 2006
As a comedy thriller, The Matador is insufficiently funny or black.
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