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Simpatico (1999)



Average Rating: 4.6/10
Reviews Counted: 61
Fresh: 15 | Rotten: 46

Critics say Simpatico's lengthy plot is too unfocused; the movie becomes confusing and tedious to watch.


Average Rating: 4.3/10
Critic Reviews: 18
Fresh: 3 | Rotten: 15

Critics say Simpatico's lengthy plot is too unfocused; the movie becomes confusing and tedious to watch.



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Old rivalries lead to new betrayals in this Sam Shepard drama with comic undertones. Vinnie (Nick Nolte) and Carter (Jeff Bridges) have known each other for years, but their relationship has grown less than cordial. Many years ago, the two men, along with Vinnie's girlfriend Rosie (Sharon Stone), were making good money in a con game at a racetrack until Simms (Albert Finney), the local racing official, got wind of their ruse. Vinnie and Carter hatched a blackmail scheme that ended Simms' career


Mystery & Suspense, Drama

Matthew Warchus, David Nicholls

Aug 22, 2000

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All Critics (76) | Top Critics (21) | Fresh (15) | Rotten (46) | DVD (11)

Another example of when bad movies happen to good actors.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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A movie hobbled by unwieldy visual ideas.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
Entertainment Weekly
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Stone doesn't show up until the film is half over and seems to be trying rather hard to make up for the lost time.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle
Houston Chronicle
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Improbabilities and all, Simpatico still boasts wonderful scenes and a cast that is truly superb.

January 1, 2000
Chicago Tribune
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With the cast and the pulpy neo-noir storyline, one would never suspect that the film is the crushing bore that it is.

September 7, 2009 Full Review Source:

This is an engaging movie, which shows its theatrical origins, both positively and negatively.

August 31, 2007 Full Review Source: Eye for Film
Eye for Film

Nolte and Bridges have too much talent to play their uninspired characters.

June 19, 2003 Full Review
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

The film might as well be called Stagnant, because precious little of emotional consequence for the audience happens.

September 4, 2002 Full Review Source: Entertainment Today
Entertainment Today

Nolte and Bridges are naturals together.

April 30, 2001 Full Review Source: Matinee Magazine
Matinee Magazine

Powerhouse performances can't save sloppy Simpatico from the glue factory.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: SPLICEDWire

Despite a dream cast and an interesting neo-noir setup, his film races straight into tedium.

January 1, 2000

Though British director Matthew Warchus gets quality work from his A-list cast members, their contributions cannot redeem the hackneyed and obvious material.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: IFilm

It proves only intermittently engaging as its twisted plot loses energy and becomes confusing in the latter half.

January 1, 2000
New Times

This deadly slow, boring, overwrought, silly and stilted melodrama is so awful you ask, 'Why did anyone think this was worth making?'

January 1, 2000
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Ultimately the film, like the story, is enigmatic and messy and circles in on itself until there is nowhere to go.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Simpatico is interesting only as a collage of scenes among good actors: there's no chemistry in its romantic triangle.

January 1, 2000
Ottawa Citizen

Is it that the director hates these women, or that Shepard simply can't write a good one?

January 1, 2000

If the film's title sounds like the next Mexican cerveza, it's not inappropriate. Simpatico comes wrapped in a fancy label -- Nolte, Bridges, Stone -- but inside the product is flat and weak.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source:

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