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The Matador Reviews

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Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
February 19, 2006
A strangely funny dark comedy with Hitchcockian overtones.
Full Review | Original Score: B
February 18, 2006
It's quirky (everyone says so, but it's absolutely accurate) and chock full of real live heart and truth and human connection.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Nick Rogers
State Journal-Register (Springfield, IL)
February 16, 2006
Even though it's a little too enamored with its edge and so obviously symbolic it could be called "The Metaphor," Brosnan is at his best, and the movie's got more on its mind than guns, giggles and a weenie-meets-warrior vibe.
Full Review| Original Score: 3/4
Bob Bloom
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
February 6, 2006
The Matador is a delight. Brosnan displays a wonderful flair for comedy, while Kinnear is perfectly in tune as his shocked, straight-arrow foil.
Full Review| Original Score: 3/4
Marty Mapes
Movie Habit
February 4, 2006
Brosnan walks the line between sympathy and repulsion as a cartoony lonely assassin
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Christopher Smith
Bangor Daily News (Maine)
February 3, 2006
A punchy movie, with Pierce Brosnan happily trashing his 007 persona.
| Original Score: B+
February 3, 2006
It's almost as if Pierce Brosnan asked for a role as far from the debonair and cool-under-pressure James Bond as possible... and we're so glad he did.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Randy Shulman
Metro Weekly (Washington, DC)
February 2, 2006
Brosnan gives his most liberated and likeable performance since his Remington Steele days.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
February 1, 2006
A constantly entertaining, invariably good-looking, bittersweet black comedy that's actually a lot more sentimental than it seems to think.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Mike Ward
Richmond.com
January 31, 2006
Imagine if John Wayne had played a rodeo cowboy. Or Clint Eastwood played a mall security guard. That's pretty much what happens to Pierce Brosnan in The Matador.
Mark Dujsik
Mark Reviews Movies
January 28, 2006
A breezy entertainment -- perhaps too much so.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Eric Melin
Scene-Stealers.com
January 28, 2006
Its best trait [is] the unique ability to walk the fine line, as Spinal Tap's David St. Hubbins would say, between stupid and clever.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews
January 27, 2006
This warmly-inviting black comedy plays like a David Mamet remake of Pulp Fiction.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Greg Maki
Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
January 27, 2006
... Redefines the possibilities of the buddy movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
January 27, 2006
... a dark comedy that is missing the laughs to be funny and the darkness to be, well, dark.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Robert W. Butler
Kansas City Star
January 27, 2006
Kinnear and Brosnan pull it off perfectly.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
January 27, 2006
... one of the smarter films out right now.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Lawrence Toppman
Charlotte Observer
January 27, 2006
... a wicked comedy with just the mildest amount of pathos to season the blend.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Forrest Hartman
Reno Gazette-Journal
January 27, 2006
An entertaining caper anchored by great acting and a couple terrific plot twists.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
January 27, 2006
Pierce Brosnan's 'facilitator of fatalities' is a great character, but the story that houses him is as ersatz as the recording of 'In the Wee Small Hours' the assassin plays on the businessman's turntable (that's not Sinatra singing).
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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