Diamond Men Reviews

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Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
August 1, 2002
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
September 28, 2001
Cohen pours on schmaltz straight out of the similarly themed Diamonds.
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
June 13, 2002
Stilted, bland and two-dimensional.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
June 14, 2002
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan
October 21, 2002
The film means well but lacks punch, edginess or anything else that would make it memorable.
Bob Strauss
Los Angeles Daily News
November 30, 2001
Laura Kelly
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
February 14, 2002
The characters lapse into cliche, and the dialogue suffers from a droning malaise.
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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
February 15, 2002
Cohen obviously knows the dealings and dangers of the diamond trade, but instead of creating an interesting study of that world, he prefers to venture into the obvious and ridiculous.
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
July 4, 2002
The line between positive senior characters and irritating grotesqueries makes the proceedings first unpleasant and then insufferable.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Robert K. Elder
Chicago Tribune
July 20, 2002
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.'
Ross Anthony
Hollywood Report Card
April 16, 2003
A mildly pleasant film with two charming leads.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Emanuel Levy
August 10, 2005
| Original Score: 2/5
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
February 28, 2002
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.
| Original Score: 3/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
February 11, 2005
...a lost classic, a beautiful miniature evocation of a unconventional, minor-key way of life.
| Original Score: A-
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
February 1, 2002
It is a treasure.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
September 26, 2002
The movie is warmed by a fine sense of place and the lovingly elaborated detail of the salesman's life.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
September 20, 2001
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
September 7, 2001
Genuine, amusing and, best of all, humanly scaled and humanely oriented.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
Clint Morris
October 29, 2005
An excellently performed, superbly written film
| Original Score: 3/5
Prairie Miller
WBAI Web Radio
September 9, 2001
Ted Murphy
December 21, 2001
... flawed, but it serves as a perfect setting for Forster's gem-like performance.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
May 26, 2006
Wilson Morales
May 13, 2003
Margaret A. McGurk
Cincinnati Enquirer
October 15, 2002

Boston Phoenix
March 24, 2002
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Arizona Republic
September 20, 2002
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