We are not on Rocky's side of the street, but in Martin Scorsese country, where bent character, not sentiment, shapes destiny, and the best the struggling human spirit can hope for is a split decision.
Pic has a distinctive pulse of its own with exceptional performances by Paul Newman and Tom Cruise.
A solidly crafted entertainment that, for the most part, strikes a successful balance between commercial necessity and personal expression.
Scorsese's direction at its most downmarket and upbeat -- never have pool tables, balls and cues looked so rich and strange.
A stunning vehicle -- a white Cadillac among the other mainstream American movies of the season.
| Original Score: 4/5
It doesn't have the electricity, the wound-up tension, of [Scorsese's] best work, and as a result I was too aware of the story marching by.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
In the end, Money is a scratch, a contrived cliffhanger that sets us up for Hustler III.
Scorsese gets you inside the game in a way most sports movies never hint at.
The Color of Money is a good movie, but perhaps not a good sequel.
| Original Score: 3/4