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Diamonds (1999)



Average Rating: 3.9/10
Reviews Counted: 35
Fresh: 9 | Rotten: 26

Kirk Douglas' flinty performance fails to overshadow an otherwise dull and cliche-ridden affair.


Average Rating: 3.6/10
Critic Reviews: 11
Fresh: 3 | Rotten: 8

Kirk Douglas' flinty performance fails to overshadow an otherwise dull and cliche-ridden affair.



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A elderly man and his estranged son search for treasure and try to repair their relationship in this bittersweet comedy. Harry Agensky (Kirk Douglas) is a one-time welterweight boxing champion who lives in Canada with his son Moses (Kurt Fuller). Harry's other son, Lance (Dan Aykroyd), feels that his father never really cared about his dreams and ambitions, and now Lance has little affection for his Dad. However, Lance's relationship with his teenage son Michael (Corbin Allred) is not faring


Drama, Mystery & Suspense, Comedy

Allan Aaron Katz

Jul 18, 2000

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All Critics (49) | Top Critics (16) | Fresh (9) | Rotten (26) | DVD (2)

Inappropriate for audiences of all ages.

May 19, 2002 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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Diamonds can be proud of its achievement as the ultimate primer on elderly embarrassments and the best ways to exploit them.

January 1, 2000
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A sub-par effort in family drama with Kirk Douglas barely registering above his usual excellence

August 9, 2007
Film Threat

Douglas struggles honorably with his stoke-impaired speech and a shoddy story.

June 7, 2003
Nitrate Online

I have to admit I shed some sentimental tears during the movie, so it's not really very bad at all, but it could have used a script polish.

June 15, 2001 Full Review

The tag line for Diamonds promises that 'searching for buried treasure was never this much fun.' Replace 'much fun' with 'dull' and that marketing slogan suddenly gains a lot of truth.

January 1, 2000

Sadly, Kirk Douglas' real-life stroke is the most compelling ingredient in Miramax's new cobbled-together caper flick.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: IFilm

Even in his prime, Douglas couldn't have saved himself from this cliche-ridden script.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Citysearch

Wince-inducing dialogue.

January 1, 2000
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Unless you've just GOT to see what is most likely to be Kirk Douglas's last movie, there's really no reason to see this at all.

January 1, 2000
Greenwich Village Gazette

[Not] a work of art, or even entertainment, but the filmic commensurate of a crippled panhandler using his handicap to beg for sympathy and change on a streetcorner.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Matinee Magazine
Matinee Magazine

I wouldn't call Douglas's performance particularly award-worthy other than for sentimental reasons.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source:

Corny dialogue and a contrived plot.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

It's a male-bonding road movie that veers off a weary course filled with dreary clichés on the way to a possible treasure in diamonds. The trip is barely worth it.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Nitrate Online
Nitrate Online

In technique, Diamonds is rather placid.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
Apollo Guide

A thoroughly enjoyable piece.

January 1, 2000

Simply a pleasure.

January 1, 2000

A thoroughly enjoyable piece.

January 1, 2000
Stage Newspaper

Douglas, still vigorous at 83, carries the film with one of the best performances of his long career, probably because many of his scenes are straight from the heart.

January 1, 2000
Los Angeles Daily News

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