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The Game Reviews

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Tom Meek
Boston Phoenix
March 24, 2002
The rocky blur between reality and fantasy aspires to be a Hitchcockian After Hours, but at two hours plus, The Game gets played out early on.
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
It's like the most hideously overproduced episode of The Twilight Zone on record, complete with a last twist that pretty much reduces what came before to soap bubbles.
Matthew Sorrento
Film International
October 18, 2012
[N]ifty filmic style and crackpot sensibility.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
October 4, 2011
This 1997 thriller is fairly entertaining nonsense if all you're looking for is 128 minutes of diversion. But if you'd like something more from David Fincher, the director of Seven, don't get your hopes up.
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
February 9, 2006
The film's 'message' about complacency transformed by chaos and uncertainty is hackneyed...
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
January 1, 2000
The best feature is its unpredictability.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Dan Jardine
Apollo Guide
January 1, 2000
The Game is an exercise in plotting rather than characterization; as a result, we don't much care who wins or loses.
Full Review | Original Score: 62/100
Rob Blackwelder
SPLICEDWire
January 1, 2000
If...you find yourself thinking of simple solutions to hero's dilemma every five minutes, that's a pretty lame thriller. In The Game, it's more like every two minutes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Kevin N. Laforest
Montreal Film Journal
September 10, 2002
You know how some films could be great or have indeed some great moments, but for some reason, are disappointing? This piece is exactly in that category.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Charles Taylor
Salon.com
January 1, 2000
Fincher is still working on the assumption that he has better things to do than entertain an audience. Which would be fine if he weren't drawn to such schlocky material.
Cynthia Fuchs
Philadelphia City Paper
January 1, 2000
Director David Fincher again demonstrates his superb sense of moody style, but the script, by John Brancato and Michael Ferris, eventually reduces to a kind of visual and moral psychobabble, a surprisingly banal finale.
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Susan Stark
Detroit News
January 1, 2000
| Original Score: 2/4
Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle
January 1, 2000
It's not for everyone and it doesn't make much sense when you stop to think about it, but it's still a lot more fun than Parcheesi.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Kim Williamson
Boxoffice Magazine
June 5, 2002
Once again, Fincher settles for artifice over art.
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Globe and Mail
July 12, 2002
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Chris Sawin
Examiner.com
October 6, 2012
Well-written, expertly paced, and undeniably riveting, The Game is perhaps most impressive in the way it strips down the Nicholas Van Orton character. The whole process is very layered and each layer breaks down Nicholas even more than the last.
Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
Douglas is the right actor for the role. He can play smart, he can play cold, and he can play angry. He is also subtle enough that he never arrives at an emotional plateau before the film does, and never overplays the process of his inner change.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 1, 2000
As it's unspooling on screen, the film is hugely entertaining, but there are several significant plot holes that grow wider the more closely they're investigated.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
April 29, 2007
"The Game" is a thrilling end run of deception in which a master manipulator is masterfully manipulated.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
March 26, 2009
Regardless of how far one chooses to buy into The Game -- and the ending ambiguously suggests that it could go on and on -- there is no doubt as to Fincher's staggering expertise as a director and his almost clinical sense of precision.
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