The Grifters Reviews

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Cole Smithey
September 13, 2011
[VIDEO] Although the movie recalls films by the Coen Brothers or the Dahl Brothers, "The Grifters" retains its source material's voice in a thoroughly original way. Here's a neo-noir you can never see too many times.
Full Review | Original Score: A

November 6, 2009
A darkly cynical and uncompromising gem.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
November 6, 2009
Best to savor The Grifters for its handsome design -- the picture looks as clean as a Hockney landscape -- and its juicy performances.
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
November 6, 2009
A mannerist thriller that doesn't begin to work despite the number of talented hands involved.
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Variety Staff
October 18, 2008
Cusack underplays Roy, making him an unbelievable wiseguy, a colorless cipher too akin to the saps he loves to fleece.
Steve Crum
March 22, 2008
Clever writing and fine cast make this tale of thieves among us fun to watch.
| Original Score: 4/5
Emanuel Levy
July 22, 2007
British helmer Frears makes auspicious American debut with this light, speedy, perfectly executed noir, based on Jim Thompson's novel, boasting three terrific performances; one of the best films of the year
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Stephen Garrett
Time Out
June 24, 2006
Donald Westlake's excellent screenplay does some justice to the starkness of Jim Thompson's novel; and Frears' direction never fails to grab the attention.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
May 26, 2006
[A] quirky, absorbing adaptation of Jim Thompson's pulp novel.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Dan Lybarger
Nitrate Online
October 7, 2005
Intriguing neo-noir.
| Original Score: 4/5
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
January 29, 2004
Well done, but finally airless modern noir.
| Original Score: 3/5

TV Guide's Movie Guide
July 30, 2003
Donald Westlake's screenplay has the right combination of vivid characters, mordant wit and avaricious savagery which distinguishes the best noir.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Vincent Canby
New York Times
May 20, 2003
The Grifters is so good that one leaves the theater on a spellbound high.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Christopher Null
September 20, 2002
perfectly-cast... a gem
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Scott Weinberg
July 25, 2002
An acidic modern noir full of two-faced cons and unexpected jolts.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
August 15, 2001
A love triangle among grifters (con artists), that plays out as a film noir morality tale.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Ian Nathan
Empire Magazine
July 25, 2001
A perfectly cast and gripping neo-noir thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
February 27, 2001
I guess the whole problem is that there's just not enough grifting going on.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Mark R. Leeper
January 1, 2000
This is not a bad film, it just fails to materialize into a very good one.
Full Review | Original Score: +1 out of -4..+4
Chris Hicks
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
January 1, 2000
The Grifters is a cynical film that continually catches the audience off-guard; if you're into dark film noir, it doesn't come much darker than this.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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