The Grifters Reviews

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Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
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

Film4
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
Variety
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
Video-Reviewmaster.com
March 22, 2008
Clever writing and fine cast make this tale of thieves among us fun to watch.
| Original Score: 4/5
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
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
Top Critic
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
Filmcritic.com
September 20, 2002
perfectly-cast... a gem
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Scott Weinberg
eFilmCritic.com
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
rec.arts.movies.reviews
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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