Simpatico Reviews

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Michael Dequina
September 7, 2009
With the cast and the pulpy neo-noir storyline, one would never suspect that the film is the crushing bore that it is.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Amber Wilkinson
Eye for Film
August 31, 2007
This is an engaging movie, which shows its theatrical origins, both positively and negatively.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
June 19, 2003
Nolte and Bridges have too much talent to play their uninspired characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Brent Simon
Entertainment Today
September 4, 2002
The film might as well be called Stagnant, because precious little of emotional consequence for the audience happens.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
Chuck Rudolph
Matinee Magazine
April 30, 2001
Nolte and Bridges are naturals together.
Full Review | Original Score: short
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
January 1, 2000
Much effort and expertise have gone into the making of Simpatico, but, while it's entertaining, it's not as persuasive as it needs to be to succeed fully.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Edward Guthmann
San Francisco Chronicle
January 1, 2000
It's a confounding and unsatisfying film.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Rob Blackwelder
January 1, 2000
Powerhouse performances can't save sloppy Simpatico from the glue factory.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Matt Reichl
January 1, 2000
Despite a dream cast and an interesting neo-noir setup, his film races straight into tedium.
| Original Score: 2/4

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.
Jean Oppenheimer
New Times
January 1, 2000
It proves only intermittently engaging as its twisted plot loses energy and becomes confusing in the latter half.
Tom Sander
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
January 1, 2000
This deadly slow, boring, overwrought, silly and stilted melodrama is so awful you ask, 'Why did anyone think this was worth making?'
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
January 1, 2000
Another example of when bad movies happen to good actors.
Paula Nechak
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
January 1, 2000
Ultimately the film, like the story, is enigmatic and messy and circles in on itself until there is nowhere to go.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Jay Stone
Ottawa Citizen
January 1, 2000
Simpatico is interesting only as a collage of scenes among good actors: there's no chemistry in its romantic triangle.
January 1, 2000
Is it that the director hates these women, or that Shepard simply can't write a good one?
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
January 1, 2000
Simpatico never pulls together long enough to amount to much more than a series of prematurely aborted encounters, scenes from a movie sketched but unfinished.
David N. Butterworth
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Jane Sumner
Dallas Morning News
January 1, 2000
First-time feature director Matthew Warchus can't keep the plot from bewildering and even distancing the viewer.
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Jeff Millar
Houston Chronicle
January 1, 2000
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.
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