Beatty and Schreiber generate a convincing camaraderie that is warm and touching yet with a refreshing lack of sticky sentiment.
| Original Score: 3/4
A breath of fresh air, and an antidote to all the mindless drivel Hollywood churns out on a regular basis.
| Original Score: 87/100
Here's a film that values good dialogue and complex characters over dramatic gimmicks and cheap action.
| Original Score: 4/5
A remarkable film, totally absorbing from the first frame to the last. It's a marvel of simplicity and depth, comfort and compassion.
| Original Score: 4/4
every moment is jam packed with a philosophical or heavy moment, never giving his characters a chance to breath
| Original Score: C+
...a pair of big-budget performances by Beatty and Schreiber.
While seeming to be about nothing in particular, it gradually builds toward a deeply affecting emotional impact by actually being about everything that's important.
The performances are all fine and heartfelt, but the story itself never provides much reason for us to care.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Beatty and Schreiber give accomplished performances, but are handicapped by the staginess of the script and the static nature of Gilroy's direction.
What a treat to finally see a pudgy character actor and a stereotypically type cast "bad guy" demonstrate their consummate acting skills
A marvelous movie about a friendship that slowly unspools between two unlikely souls.
| Original Score: 5/5
an intelligent script and first rate performances
| Original Score: B+
| Original Score: 3/5
| Original Score: 3.5/4
| Original Score: 4.5/5