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People I Know (2003)

People I Know

TOMATOMETER

Average Rating: 5.5/10
Reviews Counted: 52
Fresh: 22 | Rotten: 30

Critics Consensus: The derivative plot fails to cohere or draw the viewer in.

39%
Average Rating: 5.5/10
Critic Reviews: 18
Fresh: 7 | Rotten: 11

Critics Consensus: The derivative plot fails to cohere or draw the viewer in.

AUDIENCE SCORE

Average Rating: 2.8/5
User Ratings: 6,884

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Movie Info

A powerful behind-the-scenes man in politics and show business finds himself skidding into a very public scandal in this taut drama. Eli Wurman (Al Pacino) was raised in the deep South, attended Harvard Law School, and has devoted his spare time to progressive political causes since working alongside Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in the 1960s. However, Wurman now makes his living as a press agent and PR man, and while he's near the top of his profession, years of overwork, constant smoking and … More

Rating:
R (for language, drug use and brief sexual images)
Genre:
Drama
Directed By:
Written By:
Jon Robin Baitz
In Theaters:
On DVD:
Jul 20, 2004
Runtime:
Miramax Films - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for People I Know

All Critics (59) | Top Critics (20) | Fresh (22) | Rotten (30) | DVD (11)

The movie is weighted down with an excess of plot points that fail to coalesce.

Full Review… | June 11, 2004
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

Watchable but dramatically scattered.

Full Review… | May 9, 2003
Toronto Star
Top Critic

Dropped into this ocean of bathos, even Al can't tread water -- at that precise moment, he and his performance drown.

Full Review… | May 9, 2003
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

Trashy and lurid as this movie is, it's certainly not boring, and it keeps its star in hog heaven throughout.

Full Review… | April 27, 2003
New York Magazine/Vulture
Top Critic

Al Pacino gives a career-crowning performance under Dan Algrant's perceptive direction.

Full Review… | April 25, 2003
Newsday
Top Critic

Miscast and badly thought out, People I Know needed more -- and less -- than it got.

Full Review… | April 25, 2003
Newark Star-Ledger
Top Critic

[Starts] off like a B-version of Sweet Smell of Success before ending like a C-version of The Parallax View.

Full Review… | July 21, 2004
Creative Loafing

After watching this depressing film, I felt as tired as Al Pacino's character looked.

Full Review… | July 11, 2004
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

Pacino unleashes every trick in his actor's bag... The accent alone batters us into the back of the theater, making us want to go home.

Full Review… | June 18, 2004
Combustible Celluloid

Intriguing but deeply flawed thriller.

Full Review… | February 5, 2004
BBC.com

Eli is a modern-day version of a tainted weakling who has sold his soul to the devil, but would like to rent it back from time to time.

Full Review… | September 16, 2003
Long Island Press

O filme, que mostra uma Nova York onde o poder é exercido de forma opressiva e cujas noites escondem festas dignas de De Olhos Bem Fechados, traz Pacino em uma das melhores atuações de sua carreira.

July 25, 2003
Cinema em Cena

At one point, a character kids Eli about being 'moth-eaten,' but the term would be better applied to the film's crippling third act.

Full Review… | July 8, 2003
eye WEEKLY

People I Know rests not at the bottom of that pile, not at the top, but just out of range of significance, to be forgotten the minute the audience's back is turned.

Full Review… | May 30, 2003

Not much to admire.

Full Review… | May 21, 2003
Filmcritic.com

...incredibly unpleasant on a purely visceral level.

Full Review… | May 10, 2003
Reel Film Reviews

Pacino is so determined, so fiercely wrecked, that you almost don't notice when the film dissolves into a cheesy conspiracy piece -- almost.

Full Review… | May 9, 2003
National Post

All big, subversive fun. In a depressing sort of way.

Full Review… | May 9, 2003
Jam! Movies

It might have worked better if they could've convinced Pacino to drop that damn accent, in which the game of Ping-Pong is apparently pronounced 'pang-pawng.'

Full Review… | May 5, 2003
New Times

Smushes together The Bonfire of the Vanities (the novel, that is), True Believer, and Eyes Wide Shut, only it does so without being nearly as good as any of the aforementioned.

Full Review… | April 29, 2003
Premiere Magazine

Rich in accrued, non-flashy detail and character potentiality, People I Know charts the lives of some vivid, interesting people. Narratively, though, it bites off more than it can comfortably chew.

Full Review… | April 28, 2003
Entertainment Today

Worth watching for Pacino's hollow-eyed, full-bodied performance and for the strong supporting cast surrounding him.

Full Review… | April 26, 2003
Journal News (Westchester, NY)

Audience Reviews for People I Know

Though the films themselves stylistically are completely different, the basic plots of "People I Know" and "Carlito's Way" are the same. Here, rather than a gangster, Pacino plays a burnt-out publicist eager to escape his shady way of life but, like Carlito, doomed never to do so. The story doesn't ever really get going but the acting is an absolute treat, with Pacino giving an immaculate performance, truly one of his finest ever.

harrycaul
Stephen M

Super Reviewer

Oh Al.

lesleyanorton
Lesley N

Super Reviewer

½

An interesting film.

iLeo
Leo L

Super Reviewer

Man, didn't have high hopes for this movie which was a good thing. This is one of the lesser known Pacino movies and for a good reason; it wasn't any good. Pacino did some okay acting, nice to see him play the old helpless role, but nothing really to see here, from anyone.

ualush
Kevin "The Ninja"

Super Reviewer

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