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Intacto (2002)



Average Rating: 6.5/10
Reviews Counted: 72
Fresh: 52 | Rotten: 20

The plot gimmick is original, bolstered by stylishly intriguing setpieces.


Average Rating: 5.9/10
Critic Reviews: 23
Fresh: 15 | Rotten: 8

The plot gimmick is original, bolstered by stylishly intriguing setpieces.



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Some people are born with good luck, but others try to attain it however they can -- and at any cost -- in this offbeat psychological thriller from Spain. Samuel Berg (Max Von Sydow) is an elderly man who lives beneath a gambling casino on an island off the Spanish coast. In Berg's world, good fortune is a commodity that can be acquired from others, and while would-be gambler Federico (Eusebio Poncela) has a genuine talent for taking good luck from those who have it, Berg's gift is even

Jun 24, 2003


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All Critics (82) | Top Critics (27) | Fresh (52) | Rotten (20) | DVD (8)

Fresnadillo has something serious to say about the ways in which extravagant chance can distort our perspective and throw us off the path of good sense.

May 28, 2003 Full Review Source: Newsday
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The casting of von Sydow ... is itself Intacto's luckiest stroke.

February 24, 2003 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
Toronto Star
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Nothing if not hip, but its questions are more coffee-shop hypothetical than genuinely profound.

February 21, 2003 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
Globe and Mail
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I admired Intacto more than I liked it, for its ingenious construction and the way it keeps a certain chilly distance between its story and the dangers of popular entertainment.

February 21, 2003 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
Chicago Sun-Times
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A clever, original thriller that bows to no genre.

February 20, 2003 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune
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Its use of the thriller form to examine the labyrinthine ways in which people's lives cross and change, buffeted by events seemingly out of their control, is intriguing, provocative stuff.

January 30, 2003
Philadelphia Inquirer
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While it runs a bit slow, Intacto doesn't bore, and the ending is interesting to see played out, if not a bit predictable.

April 24, 2007 Full Review Source: 7M Pictures
7M Pictures

one of those European genre films that look much superior to Hollywood even when they are obviously below the standards of genre excellence

June 29, 2005 Full Review Source: Draxblog Movie Reviews

Rarely is a film about the supernatural as thoughtful and affecting as Intacto; even more rarely does that kind of film attract an audience.

September 6, 2003
Las Vegas Weekly

Though at times the rules of this luck-stealing underworld aren't exactly clear, and the plot becomes a bit mired in its own cleverness, Intacto is an intriguing notion.

August 10, 2003 Full Review Source:

I got a headache watching this meaningless downer.

July 1, 2003 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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Like a sprinter competing in his first distance race: It bursts forth with tremendous energy, sustains itself for quite a while, loses steam near the end but finishes ahead of most of the pack.

June 13, 2003 Full Review Source: Charlotte Observer
Charlotte Observer

The movie doesn't generate a lot of energy. It is dark, brooding and slow, and takes its central idea way too seriously.

April 29, 2003

It's one thing to enjoy this movie, it's quite another to take it as seriously as it takes itself.

April 18, 2003 Full Review
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

So fiendishly cunning that even the most jaded cinema audiences will leave the auditorium feeling dizzy, confused, and totally disorientated. Not to mention absolutely refreshed.

April 7, 2003 Full Review Source:

There's an elegant, understated calm to the movie's thrills.

March 28, 2003 Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press
St. Paul Pioneer Press

A clever high-concept in search of a better movie.

February 27, 2003 Full Review Source: Montreal Film Journal
Montreal Film Journal

A fascinating, dark thriller that keeps you hooked on the delicious pulpiness of its lurid fiction.

February 22, 2003 Full Review Source: Jam! Movies
Jam! Movies

The film's major concept ... is a bit gimmicky, but the film has well-developed characters and style to spare.

January 31, 2003 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

The setting is so cool that it chills the characters, reducing our emotional stake in the outcome of "Intacto's" dangerous and seductively stylish game.

January 31, 2003 Full Review Source: Salt Lake Tribune
Salt Lake Tribune

The story and structure are well-honed. Fresnadillo's dark and jolting images have a way of plying into your subconscious like the nightmare you had a week ago that won't go away.

January 31, 2003 Full Review Source: Arizona Daily Star
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Audience Reviews for Intacto

The interesting premise to this Spanish thriller is that some people are luckier than others, and those with the gift of luck play in a series of secret tournaments where they face off against each other, sometimes for fatal stakes. Max von Sydow, playing a Holocaust survivor, is the luckiest man alive---but can a man who miraculously survived an airplane crash unseat him? The idea of the underground luck circuit, and the strange, ritualistic games they play to determine who among them is the luckiest, is the most interesting thing about it; the rest of the movie is moody, humorless, and distant, and doesn't generate as much suspense as you might hope.
September 18, 2009
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Interesting premise, in which luck is an actual gift that some people possess, who then compete against each other in a series of challenges to determine the luckiest person on earth. At the same time, a wanted criminal is being chased by a cop who possesses this same gift. The games of luck are fun to watch, and there is always the looming question of which of the characters is actually the luckiest. Not a lot of substance beyond the basic premise.
June 28, 2008

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A truly original film, in all levels. A must see.
October 9, 2007

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