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Diamond Men (2001)

tomatometer

81

Average Rating: 7/10
Reviews Counted: 63
Fresh: 51 | Rotten: 12

Robert Forster's tour-de-force performance, along with Daniel M. Cohen's sensitive direction and subtly shaded screenplay, brings rare heft to this mentor/protégé buddy film.

82

Average Rating: 6.8/10
Critic Reviews: 22
Fresh: 18 | Rotten: 4

Robert Forster's tour-de-force performance, along with Daniel M. Cohen's sensitive direction and subtly shaded screenplay, brings rare heft to this mentor/protégé buddy film.

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Average Rating: 3.3/5
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Movie Info

A veteran salesman is forced to make way for a young drummer and has some improbable adventures along the way in this comedy-drama. Eddie (Robert Forster) has worked for over 30 years as a travelling jewelry salesman, but after he's stricken with a heart attack, he discovers he's no longer eligible for insurance. Given the fact that he routinely travels with a stash of goods worth up to a million dollars, this development means that he's going to have to give up working on the road. Bobby

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Drama, Comedy

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Daniel M. Cohen

Feb 11, 2003

Lions Gate Films

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All Critics (69) | Top Critics (23) | Fresh (51) | Rotten (12) | DVD (5)

The movie is warmed by a fine sense of place and the lovingly elaborated detail of the salesman's life.

September 26, 2002 Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly
L.A. Weekly
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Wahlberg looks like a rising star, while the seasoned Forster manifests his usual sober authority and approachable masculinity.

September 20, 2002 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
Seattle Times
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Sacrificing excellent characters to an ultimately lame payoff, Diamond Men's potential as a diamond in the rough turn out to be more 'rough' than 'diamond.'

July 20, 2002 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune
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Stilted, bland and two-dimensional.

June 13, 2002 Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News
Dallas Morning News
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Delightful, low-key comedy.

April 12, 2002 Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle
Houston Chronicle
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Pacing and story problems aside, this is as fine a showcase for Forster, Armstrong and Wahlberg as they could want, a real actor's picture.

February 28, 2002
Orlando Sentinel
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It's a little movie with a great big selling point: Robert Forster's subtly nuanced and effortlessly engaging portrayal of Eddie Miller.

July 18, 2014 Full Review Source: The Moving Picture Show
The Moving Picture Show

An excellently performed, superbly written film

October 29, 2005
Moviehole

...a lost classic, a beautiful miniature evocation of a unconventional, minor-key way of life.

February 11, 2005 Full Review
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

...an incredibly entertaining look at a pair of exceedingly compelling characters.

July 22, 2003 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

A mildly pleasant film with two charming leads.

April 16, 2003 Full Review Source: Hollywood Report Card
Hollywood Report Card

...a wonderful character study with an unforgettable acting performance by Robert Forster.

February 14, 2003 Full Review Source: Houston Community Newspapers
Houston Community Newspapers

What this film does, which other genre movies often neglect to do, is remind us that we are all people who don't always act the way you'd think we should.

December 17, 2002 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

The film means well but lacks punch, edginess or anything else that would make it memorable.

October 21, 2002 Full Review Source: San Diego Metropolitan
San Diego Metropolitan

It's certainly a gem.

October 10, 2002 Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review
Sacramento News & Review

This well-acted film is a nifty little change of pace.

October 4, 2002 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

One of those rare small movies that come out of nowhere and surprise you with their unassuming charm, wily intelligence and graceful acting.

October 4, 2002 Full Review Source: Salt Lake Tribune
Salt Lake Tribune

Cohen serves his actors smartly, and though the film has no artistic weight, it has the craft of a story firmly committed to good characters.

September 27, 2002 Full Review Source: San Diego Union-Tribune
San Diego Union-Tribune

Forster finally gets the kind of Gene Hackman-like star part his revived career deserves, and he does himself proud.

September 19, 2002 Full Review Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

When [Forster and Wahlberg each] turned out to be acquainted with a lady of the evening whose real job is dispensing spiritual and financial wisdom, the cliches were too blinding for me to overlook.

August 1, 2002 Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press
St. Paul Pioneer Press

The line between positive senior characters and irritating grotesqueries makes the proceedings first unpleasant and then insufferable.

July 4, 2002 Full Review Source: Film Freak Central
Film Freak Central

While this may not be a diamond-in-the-rough, it's certainly better than cubic zirconium - it's a likeable film that fizzles at the end.

June 14, 2002 Full Review Source: TheMovieChicks.com

Audience Reviews for Diamond Men

[font=Century Gothic]In "Diamond Men", Eddie Miller(Robert Forster) has been a traveling diamond salesman for the past thirty years in central Pennsylvania but because of a recent heart attack, he cannot be insured anymore. The only chance he has to keep his job is to train his successor, Bobby Walker(Donnie Wahlberg), a brash newcomer, whose only experience is maintaining vending machines.[/font]
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[font=Century Gothic]"Diamond Men" is a modest slice-of-life movie that is as much about respecting the traditions of the past and small towns, as it is about not fearing what will come next. And it is helped enormously by a splendid performance by Robert Forster. But I don't know how I feel about the ending.[/font]
January 27, 2007
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Walter M.

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A little uneven in tone and pace, but made largely enjoyable by a well written script and Robert Forster.
September 11, 2011
Jeffrey Meyers

Super Reviewer

Robert Forster's subtle "nice guy" performance in "Diamond Men" is one of the main reasons to watch the film, if not the only reason. Donnie Wahlberg is likable in his supporting role and the script offers some fine twists, but there is nothing here that engages or involves viewer. Cohen's direction and script hold up for the most part, but neither is very solid.
March 11, 2012
Stephen Earnest

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