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The Matador Reviews

Ben Walters
Time Out New York
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Brosnan's irreverent charm makes this a welcome alternative to Bond nonsense, even if it's insufficient to compensate for dreary Kinnear ...

Full Review Source: Time Out New York

August 16, 2007

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June 24, 2006
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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... a dark comedy that is missing the laughs to be funny and the darkness to be, well, dark.

Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 2/5

January 27, 2006
Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
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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 Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 2.5/4

January 20, 2006
Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
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Let the good times roll, and take a run at The Matador.

Full Review Source: Arizona Republic

January 14, 2006
Peter Debruge
Miami Herald
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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 Source: Miami Herald | Original Score: 2/4

January 13, 2006
Scott Von Doviak
Fort Worth Star-Telegram/
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The destination isn't much to get excited about, but you're in good company along the way.

January 13, 2006
Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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[A] really, really strong film.

Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper

January 9, 2006
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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Unevenly paced yet darkly funny and consistently intriguing.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 3/4

January 6, 2006
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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The Matador strives for an airy, merry amorality, but it never quite achieves liftoff, though at times it comes close.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 2/4

January 6, 2006
Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle
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In The Matador, Pierce Brosnan plays another man with license to kill, yet he gives a performance wildly unlike his suave superspy. In fact, it may be his best role yet.

Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle | Original Score: 3.5/4

January 6, 2006
Tom Long
Detroit News
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The chief joy in this film is the balance of vulnerability and conniving slickness that [Pierce] Brosnan brings to his hit man and the easy kick that a middle-class husband and wife get out of knowing him.

Full Review Source: Detroit News | Original Score: B

January 6, 2006
Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
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This comedy is as dark as it is oddly unpredictable -- and sporadically hilarious.

Full Review Source: Detroit Free Press | Original Score: 3/4

January 6, 2006
Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
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This edgy little movie may not cut as sharply as a killer's knife, but it carves out a very diverting niche all the same.

| Original Score: B

January 6, 2006
Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
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A tart comedy about economic duress and the mind-set of a soon-to-be downsized hit man, it's also a salty celebration of the romance and necessity of friendship.

Full Review Source: Denver Post | Original Score: 3/4

January 6, 2006
Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
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Writer-director Richard Shepard's movie is just a sweet, broadly made buddy picture that happens to look a lot like an Almodovar production.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 2.5/4

January 6, 2006
Desson Thomson
Washington Post
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Richard Shepard's noirish movie is constantly couched in quotation marks.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

January 5, 2006
Allison Benedikt
Chicago Tribune
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Funny and touching.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 3/4

January 5, 2006
Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
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The film rapidly devolves into a lame buddy picture, part thriller, mostly goof.

Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor | Original Score: C-

January 5, 2006
Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Good comedy depends on surprise, and throughout The Matador I had no idea where the film was going.

| Original Score: 3/4

January 5, 2006
Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
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The Matador is admittedly a trifle in the long view of cinema, but it's an amusingly adroit piece of work nonetheless.

Full Review Source: New York Observer

January 5, 2006
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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The movie's writer-director, Richard Shepard, balances the macabre and the sentimental, and understands that although his film contains questions like 'don't successful people always live with blood on their hands?' its real subject is friendship.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3.5/4

January 5, 2006
Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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A colorful, freewheeling tale that never gets beneath its darkly comic surface.

Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution | Original Score: C

January 5, 2006
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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The cinematography is consistently hipster handsome, the script is bracing in its lewdness, and Brosnan adds no unnecessary weight to Noble's meaninglessness.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: B

January 4, 2006
Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
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The Matador gets a 151-proof tequila shot of sharp comedy from the droll byplay between Pierce Brosnan and Greg Kinnear.

January 3, 2006
Chuck Wilson
L.A. Weekly
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Maybe Brosnan is so shockingly good in this film because Kinnear gives him the sounding board and safety net that the actor never had in his sadly solitary spy-flick duties.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

January 3, 2006
Stephen Holden
New York Times
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Pierce Brosnan plays a gold-chain-wearing sleazeball in The Matador, a weightless, amoral romp about a professional hit man facing a midlife crisis.

| Original Score: 2.5/5

January 3, 2006
Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
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Stepping into the role was a bold step by the retiring James Bond, and Brosnan's smooth fit comes as both a shock and a pleasure.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News

January 3, 2006
David Denby
New Yorker
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The Matador teeters between comedy and moral inquiry but doesn't quite make it either way.

January 3, 2006
Kyle Smith
New York Post
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Julian speaks for the film when he says, 'I'm a wreck, I'm a parody.'

| Original Score: 1/4

December 31, 2005
Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
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Now that hoopla surrounding the holiday blockbusters has peaked, audiences will have a better chance at not overlooking this poignant comic gem.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 4/5

December 31, 2005
Gene Seymour
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Eventually, you forget Brosnan's ongoing effort to set fire to his trademark creased-and-polished image and begin to share his apparent glee in traipsing through this seriocomic farrago of crime melodrama, buddy movie and sob story.

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 2.5/4

December 30, 2005
Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
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The general details and color of The Matador fade quickly from memory while Brosnan's gamy, inscrutable libertine is still exhaling Scotch vapor in your face.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

December 28, 2005
Rex Reed
New York Observer
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It's a savage, breezy, occasionally obscene and sometimes poignant mix of comedy and crime.

December 21, 2005
James Berardinelli
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The movie has a nicely modulated mix of comedy and pathos, but succeeds as much because of the two lead performances as Richard Shepard's writing and directing.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 3/4

December 2, 2005
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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Just sit back and enjoy the fun.

| Original Score: 3/4

November 30, 2005
Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
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There's a good movie in the general proximity of The Matador, but it only crosses paths with the one you're watching in a couple of scenes.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 2/4

September 24, 2005
Joe Leydon
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A quirky yet commercial commingling of black comedy, seriocomic psychodrama, heart-tugging sudser and buddy-movie farce.

Full Review Source: Variety

September 24, 2005
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