The Grifters Reviews

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Top Critic
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
November 6, 2009
A mannerist thriller that doesn't begin to work despite the number of talented hands involved.
Top Critic
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.
Edward Havens
June 26, 2003
| Original Score: 2/5
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
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
July 31, 2002
| Original Score: 4/5
Top Critic
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
This is a movie of plot, not episode. It's not just a series of things that happen to the characters, but a web, a maze of consequences.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Michael A. Smith
Nolan's Pop Culture Review
October 19, 2005
| 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
Clint Morris
Film Threat
May 6, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium
August 13, 2002
| Original Score: 4/5
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
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
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
Christopher Null
September 20, 2002
perfectly-cast... a gem
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Eric Melin
January 30, 2005
| Original Score: 5/5
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
August 9, 2002
| Original Score: 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
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
March 9, 2004
| Original Score: 4/5
Dan Lybarger
Nitrate Online
October 7, 2005
Intriguing neo-noir.
| Original Score: 4/5
Top Critic
Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
This is one human board game that's absorbing to watch.
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