It's a little movie with a great big selling point: Robert Forster's subtly nuanced and effortlessly engaging portrayal of Eddie Miller.
| Original Score: 3/4
An excellently performed, superbly written film
| Original Score: 3/5
...a lost classic, a beautiful miniature evocation of a unconventional, minor-key way of life.
| Original Score: A-
...an incredibly entertaining look at a pair of exceedingly compelling characters.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
A mildly pleasant film with two charming leads.
| Original Score: 2/4
...a wonderful character study with an unforgettable acting performance by Robert Forster.
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.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
The film means well but lacks punch, edginess or anything else that would make it memorable.
It's certainly a gem.
| Original Score: 4/5
This well-acted film is a nifty little change of pace.
One of those rare small movies that come out of nowhere and surprise you with their unassuming charm, wily intelligence and graceful acting.
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.
The movie is warmed by a fine sense of place and the lovingly elaborated detail of the salesman's life.
Wahlberg looks like a rising star, while the seasoned Forster manifests his usual sober authority and approachable masculinity.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Forster finally gets the kind of Gene Hackman-like star part his revived career deserves, and he does himself proud.
| Original Score: B+
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.
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.'
The line between positive senior characters and irritating grotesqueries makes the proceedings first unpleasant and then insufferable.
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.
| Original Score: 3/5
Stilted, bland and two-dimensional.
| Original Score: C-