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Glengarry Glen Ross (1992)

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Average Rating: 8.5/10
Reviews Counted: 51
Fresh: 48 | Rotten: 3

This adaptation of David Mamet's play is every bit as compelling and witty as its source material, thanks in large part to a clever script and a bevy of powerhouse actors.

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Average Rating: 9.7/10
Critic Reviews: 8
Fresh: 7 | Rotten: 1

This adaptation of David Mamet's play is every bit as compelling and witty as its source material, thanks in large part to a clever script and a bevy of powerhouse actors.

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David Mamet's award-winning play about a group of desperate real estate agents comes to the big screen from director James Foley. In a role created specifically for the movie, Alec Baldwin appears as a sales motivator, informing the group of hard-luck salesmen that they must compete in a sales contest where the losers will be fired. The agents work their same tired leads, until one hatches a scheme to burglarize the office, steal the leads, and sell them to a rival. Featuring a cast that

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For anyone who loves sharp dialogue, compelling characters, and a stinging social rebuke, Glengarry Glen Ross is not to be missed.

June 10, 2008 Full Review Source: ReelViews
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Mamet reveals his exceptional talent for writing almost poetic working-class vernacular, scores his major implicit thematic thrusts against the nature of the way business-at-large is conducted.

June 9, 2008 Full Review Source: Variety
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David Mamet's play about the wheelings and dealings of real-estate salesmen gets dedicated playing from a splendid cast, but gains nothing by the transfer from stage to screen.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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Though the performances are satisfying in a projected way, they're nullified by an uninspired atmosphere around them. Despite the colorful and witty utterances of its characters, "Glengarry" feels artificial and rarefied.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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Foley is as adept at managing this intensely psychodramatic material as he is handling an ensemble cast with the combined power of a runaway locomotive.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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You can see the joy with which these actors get their teeth into these great lines, after living through movies in which flat dialogue serves only to advance the story.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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Head of the direction duties, James Foley, strings it together well, making it harmonise like the musical piece it has succeeded to be.

February 5, 2013 Full Review Source: HeyUGuys
HeyUGuys

As you would expect from a Mamet play, the dialogue sizzles.

March 17, 2011 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

...the most effective big-screen translation of a Mamet stage play.

July 6, 2010 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

The overall film, writing and acting are so darn good that I watched it and then immediately started it over again.

August 25, 2008 | Comment (1)
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Mamet has a special gift for drawing portriats of lowlifers who are harsh but also funny, his salesmen are a far cry from Arthur Miller's Loman in Death of a Salesman.

August 17, 2006 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
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This brilliant, gutsy film features a nervy script by David Mamet and career-topping performances by Jack Lemmon, Al Pacino, Alan Arkin, Ed Harris, Kevin Spacey, Jonathan Pryce and Alec Baldwin.

May 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

As fierce as it is funny. Rarely does does a film sustain such a fever pitch of dramatic intensity. One of the very best of 1992.

October 21, 2005
Fantastica Daily

Words fly with the speed and impact of bullets.

October 21, 2005 Full Review Source: Arizona Daily Star
Arizona Daily Star

As cynical as they come. But witty and clever.

January 1, 2005
Denton Record Chronicle (TX)

Despite an acidic world-view, it generates a real feeling of the worth of artistic achievement and personal struggle.

December 27, 2003 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
Apollo Guide

Um estudo de personagens maravilhoso que se torna ainda mais eficaz graças ao forte roteiro do mestre Mamet e às performances de um elenco admirável.

December 8, 2003
Cinema em Cena

A sharp look at the surreal world of real estate sales.

October 2, 2003
NY Rock

The acting is as good as it gets. A wonderful film!

June 25, 2003
Juicy Cerebellum

The directing's a bit obtrusive, but the script and the acting gets to the heart of Mamet's glorious obsession with macho B.S.

May 7, 2003
New Times

One of the great American movies.

May 1, 2003 Full Review

Brilliantly acted and written, it's one of the best ensemble pieces of its particular decade.

April 16, 2003
Needcoffee.com

Five truly great actors in a rare film that fully justifies their talents.

April 14, 2003
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Audience Reviews for Glengarry Glen Ross

I was talking to a savvy old tech salesman on a rainy day in a Central Florida alcohol rehab when the conversation veered (as it always does with me) to film and this was the one that energized the life into him. He quoted the dialogue as if it were Bible. I had only heard of it years ago ...
The cinematic equivalent of Baseball's All Star game, big stars lean big-time into the pitches thrown them in David Mamet's introspective look at the possible underbelly of "nice guy" sales people. Everybody gets a hit, a big play, and a grand time is had by all in this afternoon's entertainment vehicle very worthy of re-watching. Always Be Closing.
July 24, 2014
ApeneckFletcher

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The story and dialogue paint a rich cast as a pack of wild dogs that have been desperately scavenging scraps to survive for so long that they've now mastered their individual approaches and will not hesitate to use anyone in order to stay in the game. It's one thing to simply give us the impression, but the writing here is so intelligent that we actually see their manipulative skill-set in one scene after another, armed only with words and knowledge of the human condition.
February 1, 2014
Matthew Slaven

Super Reviewer

If you haven't seen or read the play, it will be hard to appreciate the film. Its loyalty to the play is its downfall at times since it feels rather restricted and one-dimensional. Nonetheless, the acting is great, the characters are dynamic, and the story is well-told. The highlights are of course Alec Baldwin's iconic scene and Al Pacino's performance. The cinematography is also well done.
December 9, 2013
Matthew Samuel Mirliani

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An excellent example of acting at its finest.
June 28, 2013
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    1. Ricky Roma: When you die, you're gonna regret the things that you don't do.
    – Submitted by Joakim A (13 months ago)
    1. Ricky Roma: Hey, let me buy you a pack of gum. I'll show you how to chew it.
    – Submitted by Rater W W (18 months ago)
    1. Blake: A-I-D-A. Attention, Interest, Decision, Action. Attention - Do I have you attention? Interest - Are you interested? I know you are, because it's fuck or walk. You close or you hit the bricks. Decision - Have you made your decision for Christ? And Action.
    – Submitted by Irakli K (22 months ago)
    1. Blake: F*$k you-- that's my name! You know why, mister? Because you drove a Hyundai to get here tonight, I drove an $80,000 BMW. That's my name.
    – Submitted by Kevin S (2 years ago)
    1. Blake: Your name is 'you're wanting', and you can't play the man's game, you can't close them, and then tell your wife your troubles.
    – Submitted by Alex S (2 years ago)
    1. Blake: I'd wish you good luck but you wouldn't know what to do with it if you got it.
    – Submitted by Zbigniew Z (2 years ago)
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