The Fortune Cookie Reviews

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Variety Staff
Variety
August 15, 2007
...another bittersweet comedy commentary on contemporary US mores.

TV Guide's Movie Guide
August 15, 2007
A very funny film, this morality tale is a deft mixture of cynicism, wit and idealism as only writer-director Wilder could do it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Don Druker
Chicago Reader
August 15, 2007
Wildly funny in spots...
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Time Out
January 26, 2006
The friction between the laughs and the cynicism generates more heat than most Hollywood comedies even aim at...
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
July 3, 2005
Though not top-notch Billy Wilder, this cynical satire about an unscrupulous lawyer and a TV cameraman benefits from good acting by Walter Matthau and Jack Lemmon in their first screen teaming.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Mark R. Leeper
rec.arts.movies.reviews
October 8, 2004
| Original Score: 3/5
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
July 30, 2004
| Original Score: 4/5
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
July 19, 2004
Good, but probably Wilder's most overrated film.
| Original Score: 4/5
Randy Shulman
Metro Weekly (Washington, DC)
July 17, 2004
| Original Score: 5/5
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
July 10, 2004
| Original Score: 3/5
Susan Granger
www.susangranger.com
June 22, 2004
| Original Score: 5/5
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal
August 22, 2003
| Original Score: 4/5

Film4
May 24, 2003
The trio would move on to better things, but the comic chemistry was tangible from the start.
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
September 25, 2002
It's [the] performances that make The Fortune Cookie worth checking out, because the story itself isn't terribly interesting.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Erik Childress
eFilmCritic.com
September 19, 2002
| Original Score: 4/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
August 29, 2002
| Original Score: 3/5
David Poland
Hot Button
July 26, 2002
| Original Score: 3/5
Kurt Dahlke
Apollo Guide
July 25, 2001
Matthau is smooth, and a great physical comic.
Full Review | Original Score: 85/100
Christopher Null
Filmcritic.com
April 4, 2001
The banter between Lemmon and Matthau is, as always, priceless.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Vincent Canby
New York Times
January 1, 2000
Mr. Wilder's last film and a comedy of unrelieved vulgarity, but it has style and taste.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
October 18, 2008
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