The Stunt Man Reviews

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Top Critic
Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
March 13, 2015
Pretentious, overenergized, muddled, intellectually bogus, and very entertaining for it.
Peter Ackroyd
The Spectator
March 13, 2015
The narrative doesn't come to life until Peter O'Toole wraps it around himself like a Renaissance cloak, and stares pensively into the distance.
Top Critic
Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
March 13, 2015
The fun lies in the journey. It is a trip of constantly shifting perceptions and sharply etched satirical sketches of movie types. It is also a carnival of bang-up stunt scenes.

TV Guide's Movie Guide
March 13, 2015
Lawrence B. Marcus's script, which pits real life against reel life, offers plenty of wit, with most of the bons mots handed to O'Toole.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5

Film4
March 13, 2015
Meticulously constructed and beautifully realised.
Dan Jardine
Cinemania
July 28, 2013
A puzzle-master's delight.
Full Review | Original Score: 77/100
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
July 20, 2012
Richard Rush's inventive narrative about the blurred lines between movie reality and factual reality is vastly entertaining, boasting Peter O'Toole in a diabolical, delicious Oscar-nominated performance.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Top Critic
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
June 11, 2011
Sensationally original.
Sean Axmaker
MSN.com
June 11, 2011
The film twists and turns from scene to scene, carrying the audience on the some whirlwind mind-game...
Bill Gibron
PopMatters
June 4, 2011
Middle fingers aimed directly at the Establishment - both in tainted Tinseltown and the rest of a pre-Reagan America - are rarely as masterful as this brazen bird flip.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
September 7, 2010
Overall a funny, compelling and curious film that was sabotaged by the Hollywood suits.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Variety Staff
Variety
December 1, 2008
O'Toole is excellent in his best, cleanest performance in years.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
December 30, 2006
The Stunt Man plays astonishing mind games with perception and paranoia; it's a truly original piece of work.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Mark Bourne
DVDJournal.com
April 5, 2006
At the 1980 San Francisco Film Festival, François Truffaut was asked to name his favorite director. He replied, 'I don't know his name, but I just saw his picture last night. It's called The Stunt Man.'
Top Critic
Geoff Andrew
Time Out
February 9, 2006
The result is a movie filled with gags and excellent stunts which remains curiously humourless at heart. Stunted, not stunning.
Scott Weinberg
eFilmCritic.com
April 17, 2005
Strange, challenging and quite great.
| Original Score: 4/5
Michael A. Smith
Nolan's Pop Culture Review
November 11, 2004
O'Toole at his tyranical best. Another great performance by the little seen Railsback.
| Original Score: 4/5
Top Critic
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 23, 2004
A film that depends on deceiving us has got to play by its own rules. If we are going to be deceived in general, fine, but then we can't be cheated on particulars.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Steve Crum
Kansas City Kansan
October 15, 2004
Metaphors and surprises galore!
| Original Score: 5/5
Top Critic
Janet Maslin
New York Times
August 30, 2004
Mr. Rush keeps the film moving busily, sometimes entertainingly, forward. But he seldom offers his audience enough incentive to puzzle through a wild overabundance of riddles.
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