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House of Games (1987)

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In his directorial debut, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright David Mamet creates a stylish cinematic puzzle of games within games, as con men are joined by a psychologist in creating the perfect caper. Dr. Margaret Ford (Lindsay Crouse), the writer of psychological self-help books, meets Mike (Joe Mantegna) as she attempts to help a patient who owes heavy gambling debts. When she herself is the victim of a con, she becomes intrigued by the psychological drama of the con game and joins in a

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Mystery & Suspense, Drama

Jonathan Katz, David Mamet

Dec 19, 2000

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All Critics (33) | Top Critics (7) | Fresh (24) | Rotten (1) | DVD (15)

David Mamet's sometimes baffling, never less than fascinating glimpse into the dark underbelly of this world where it turns out that winning games of chance involve more skill (and con artistry) than luck.

May 3, 2013 Full Review Source: Cinemania

O roteiro é mais previsível do que Mamet desejaria e seu primeiro trabalho na direção exibe uma teatralidade que ele gradualmente superaria, mas, apesar disso, a complexidade de seus personagens e a dinâmica de seus diálogos são admiráveis.

January 5, 2008
Cinema em Cena

Since it would be unfair to spoil a moment of this perfectly-plotted masterpiece, all you need to know is that it landed on this critic's Best Movies of the Millennium List in 2000.

August 24, 2007 Full Review Source: NewsBlaze
NewsBlaze

A conceptual film about con artists, Mamet's feature debut is a deadpan, deviously comic melodrama that proceeds with twists and reversals and builds like a poker game in which the stakes are higher and higher.

December 6, 2006 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
EmanuelLevy.Com

fiendishly clever

February 7, 2005
Shadows on the Wall

A top-notch psychological thriller about sexual politics, trust and betrayal.

August 27, 2004 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

The best of the con game movies

January 9, 2004
Lawrence Journal-World

Playwright David Mamet's directorial debut is a cardsharp con game full of tricks.

November 7, 2002 Full Review Source: Netflix
Netflix

One of the finest Mamet adaptations out there.

July 25, 2002
eFilmCritic.com

What intrigues is the con games themselves, as Mamet's film explores with a certain joyous streak of mischief some of the tricks of the trade.

July 11, 2002 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

...will keep you on your toes and guessing from beginning to end.

January 1, 2000
Movie Metropolis

Audience Reviews for House of Games

Cheesy, dated and more of a film made for tv, yet, there was something quite interesting about this film, that left me enjoying it.
October 14, 2009
76Majikat

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Lindsay Crouse is an eminent psychologist who is desperate for adventure. One day she'll meet Joe Mantegna's character, a swindler that will provide her a few tricks to reach a little excitement in her life. There will be, of course, a few bumps on their way.
A tight and thoughtful writing and direction along with Juan Ruiz Anchia's stylish photographic work, construct a rich and atmospheric hitchcockian tour de force with no room for gratuitousness, not even in Mamet's notorious use of coarse words. David Mamet's first and easily best film.
August 10, 2008
pier007

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Superb Con film from David Mamet.
December 9, 2007
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