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Edmond (2005)



Average Rating: 5.6/10
Reviews Counted: 72
Fresh: 33 | Rotten: 39

Despite an electrifying performance by William H. Macy, David Mamet's one-act morality play translates poorly into a film that is overburdened by dialogue.


Average Rating: 5.7/10
Critic Reviews: 21
Fresh: 11 | Rotten: 10

Despite an electrifying performance by William H. Macy, David Mamet's one-act morality play translates poorly into a film that is overburdened by dialogue.



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An encounter with a fortune-teller leads businessman Edmond to confront the emptiness of his life and marriage. Appalled, he flees into the vortex of the city's underbelly, plummeting into a free fall he mistakes for liberation. To Edmond's surprise, it's dark outside: hookers charge, pimps are violent, and the guy on the corner is a conman. Edmond is robbed, beaten and left bewildered. But there's a strange comfort at the bottom. Exhilarated by a random act of violence, Edmond picks up a



Oct 3, 2006

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All Critics (76) | Top Critics (22) | Fresh (33) | Rotten (39) | DVD (9)

Be thankful it's not longer; at 80 minutes, one may still derive some perverse pleasure from the silliness of it all.

July 6, 2007 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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Quintessential David Mamet: brainy, playful, engaging.

November 17, 2006 Full Review Source: Miami Herald
Miami Herald
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The last handful of scenes, featuring Bokeem Woodbine as an acquaintance of Edmond's, are worth the price of a ticket.

September 1, 2006 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
Boston Globe
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As with most Mamet scripts, this includes multiple monologues, and the cast delivers them with fervor. But the delivery can't conceal that these diatribes are directed at topics that no longer are pertinent.

August 25, 2006 | Comments (2)
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Go, by all means, but be prepared to take a beating.

August 10, 2006 Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly
L.A. Weekly
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Makes little sense as a character study, and borders on nonsense as a screed on race in America.

July 28, 2006 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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Hoy d%uFFFDa, (...) una pieza como Edmond no resulta todo lo inquietante que deber%uFFFDa. Eso quiz%uFFFDs sea lo verdaderamente llamativo.

April 27, 2008 Full Review Source: Uruguay Total
Uruguay Total

"Edmond" is beyond black comedy, it's a comedy in almost total stygian darkness. A comedy where the laughs make you cough up razor blades.

April 20, 2008 Full Review Source: PopMatters

Edmond is presented as the cold truth, but it's really just the truth of how the masculinist Mamet feels.

July 30, 2007 Full Review Source:

David Mamet's genius as a weaver of words and observer of human interaction is put on full display here ....

July 10, 2007 Full Review Source: DVD Review
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This is a small film with a big payback, like a series of tableaux that illustrate how a mildmannered Mr Everyman can become viciously untamed.

July 6, 2007 Full Review Source: This is London
This is London

Is this about the nihilistic plight of the alienated, or just nihilistic? A coal-dark satire, or just needlessly dark? The uncomfortable Edmond asks more questions than it answers.

July 6, 2007 Full Review Source: thelondonpaper

It plays like a low-cal Falling Down, with all the rage of Michael Douglas's office malcontent but none of his dark humour. Possibly the weakest thing Mamet has ever written.

July 6, 2007 Full Review Source: Independent

It didn't work.

July 6, 2007 Full Review Source: Sun Online
Sun Online

Edmond is a slight, self-consciously arty affair that starts off like a gloomy version of Falling Down before petering out with a deeply anti-climatic ending.

July 6, 2007 Full Review Source: Daily Mirror [UK]
Daily Mirror [UK]

The Falling Down-meets-After Hours pitch and plum cast (William H Macy, Rebecca Pidgeon, Bai Ling, Mena Suvari) look tempting, but it's not a stretch to see why it's sat on the shelf for two years.

July 6, 2007 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

If it's a relic you're determined to catch at the movies this week, check out Edmond.

July 6, 2007 Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph
Daily Telegraph

The great man lets rip with deafening flatulent macho nonsense in a truly awful movie, one of the very worst US pictures to be released here in years.

July 6, 2007 Full Review Source: Guardian | Comment (1)

This is not an easy watch, but it is awfully honest art.

July 6, 2007 Full Review Source: Times [UK]
Times [UK]

Macy is on top form and Mamet fans will savour the vicious barbs of repressed male rage but many will find this is a claustrophobic, stagey exercise without the wit and scope of Glengarry Glen Ross.

July 6, 2007 Full Review Source: Film4

The director fails to breathe any sort of life into a piece practically carbon-dated by its flailing assaults on political correctness.

July 6, 2007 Full Review Source:

Whilst William H. Macy is as rewarding as ever, this has not transferred well from the stage.

July 6, 2007 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

Incredulity grabs you by the throat and doesn't let go.

July 6, 2007 Full Review Source: Eye for Film
Eye for Film

William H. Macey (David Mamet regular) gives a moving performance as a desperate man, but the playwright's text is starchy with semi-academic dialogue, and is not helped by Gordon's direction.

February 1, 2007 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com

Começando com a promessa de se revelar um novo Um Dia de Fúria ("Uma Noite...", neste caso), o filme jamais alcança a intensidade esperada e se enfraquece ainda mais em seu terceiro ato desajeitadamente satírico. Mas Macy está genial.

December 30, 2006
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Audience Reviews for Edmond

Cast: William H. Macy, Julia Stiles, Joe Mantegna, Rebecca Pidgeon, Ling Bai, Denise Richards, Mena Suvari, Debi Mazar, Jeffrey Combs, Dulé Hill

Director: Stuart Gordon

Summary: With a David Mamet play as its inspiration, Edmond stars William H. Macy as the titular character, a businessman who undergoes a personal revolution after he heeds a psychic's call to change his life. In his quest for fulfillment, he abandons his wife and children, initiating a nightmarish descent into a certain kind of hell, a dark and dangerous world he's never known but that may wind up owning his soul.

My Thoughts: "This film is pretty brutal in it's words and actions. I personally didn't like the film for those reasons. But I will say it was pretty gratifying that Edmond Burke, in the end, became everything he hated and despised through the film. Also William H. Macy, although plays a hugely unlikeable character, did put in a great performance."
May 15, 2011

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Not terrible. I think David Mamet is a pretty good writer, but a lesson in the meaning of life mixed with gay prison sex and senselessly killing Julia Stiles may not be the best stage for it. Then again, it would have been a pretty dull film otherwise. William H. Macy plays the only character he knows how: a douche bag who stammers out lies to everyone while having a total meltdown. Fine with me! Especailly when he's weilding a WWI survival knife with brass knuckles beating a mugger to death.
July 6, 2009
Curtis Lilly

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Mamet? Brother. The word "ponderous" comes to mind. That's not good, by the way. "Embarrassing" also seems appropriate. Ah, I have my off times too. When weak writing and weak directing combine to undermine a project, there's rarely any escaping the vortex leading into the abyss. Acting to the rescue? When the foundation is this feeble, the acting has to be strong to hold the project together. Unfortunately, this isn't the case. Have I ever mentioned that I think William H. Macy is a very lucky actor? If not, just let me say that Macy puts on a full display of his acting ability in this one. To survive, he has to play to type. He is surviving. It's a borderline miracle. Can you imagine what someone like Jack Nicholson could have contributed to this piece of borat?
May 30, 2009

Super Reviewer

A latently racist and mentally addled accountant (William H. Macy) leaves his wife, tours the NYC commercial sex trade, and ends up in prison. Macy's performance is interesting, but not interesting enough to inspire the viewer to try to make sense of David Mamet's confused script, which is full of vague philosophizing and obscure references (the main character shares his name with an 18th century Irish philosopher/statesman).
April 5, 2009
Greg S

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