The Matador Reviews

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R. L. Shaffer
IGN DVD
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.
Michael Szymanski
Hollywood.com
November 20, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Brandon Fibbs
BrandonFibbs.com
February 28, 2008
...a hip and hilarious dark comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Rob Gonsalves
eFilmCritic.com
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
Joe Lozito
Big Picture Big Sound
July 14, 2007
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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
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
Reel.com
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
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
May 12, 2006
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Matt Pais
Metromix.com
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

Empire Magazine
April 1, 2006
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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 Villaca
Cinema em Cena
March 11, 2006
Pierce Brosnan oferece, aqui, um dos melhores desempenhos de sua carreira.
| Original Score: 3/5
Joe Utichi
FilmFocus
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
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
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Time Out
June 24, 2006
Jonathan W. Hickman
Entertainment Insiders
February 4, 2006
Hanh Nguyen
Zap2it.com
December 31, 2005
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