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The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999)



Average Rating: 7.3/10
Reviews Counted: 128
Fresh: 106 | Rotten: 22

With Matt Damon's unsettling performance offering a darkly twisted counterpoint to Anthony Minghella's glossy direction, The Talented Mr. Ripley is a suspense thriller that lingers.


Average Rating: 7/10
Critic Reviews: 32
Fresh: 25 | Rotten: 7

With Matt Damon's unsettling performance offering a darkly twisted counterpoint to Anthony Minghella's glossy direction, The Talented Mr. Ripley is a suspense thriller that lingers.



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After the Oscar-winning The English Patient, writer/director Anthony Minghella attempted another tricky literary adaptation with The Talented Mr. Ripley, which features heartthrob Matt Damon cast against type as a psychopathic bisexual murderer. Tom Ripley (Damon) is a bright and charismatic sociopath who makes his way in mid-'50s New York City as a men's room attendant and sometimes pianist, though his real skill is in impersonating other people, forging handwriting, and running second-rate

Jun 27, 2000

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All Critics (132) | Top Critics (33) | Fresh (106) | Rotten (22) | DVD (27)

Familiarity is the watchword of this overblown opus, which neglects holes in the plot to play up its postmodern theme of identity as pastiche -- a clear case of the pot calling the kettle black.

March 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader | Comments (2)
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On balance, The Talented Mr. Ripley is worth seeing more for its undeniably delightful journey than its final destination.

April 27, 2007 Full Review Source: New York Observer
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Not only is it an elegantly polished affair, with top notch performances all round, and magnificent camerawork and editing, it's also acutely aware of how class, money and sex shape desire and resentment.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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It's a gorgeously unsettling film. You can hide in the shadows, but luminescence exposes who you are, and the only escape is into another identity.

August 7, 2004 Full Review Source: New York Magazine
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Even before its release, The Talented Mr. Ripley has attracted some mighty serious analytic attention.

April 25, 2003 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
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If anybody can create sympathy for the devil, the angelic Matt Damon can.

June 18, 2002 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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A "10 Best" achievement, thanks to writer-director Anthony Minghella's acute interpretation of Patricia Highsmith's novel, a shooting style that wallows in decadence and danger, and a choice cast completely in sync with the stringent demands of the story.

September 21, 2013 Full Review Source: Creative Loafing
Creative Loafing

Full of murder and deceit; too violent for kids.

January 1, 2011 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

The blend of Minghella's gloss and Damon's steel results in a psychological thriller of huge style and depth. A very good movie.

March 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Film4

This is certainly no fast-paced nail-biting thriller, but much rather a slow-paced intriguing drama very reminiscent of Hitchcock films.

January 15, 2008 Full Review Source: Dark Horizons
Dark Horizons

Ripley morphs into a well-meaning kid who yearns to be somebody. He's deprived, not depraved.

September 23, 2007 Full Review Source:

The Talented Mr. Ripley is lovely wrapping without much to say.

July 14, 2007 Full Review Source: Big Picture Big Sound
Big Picture Big Sound

The Master of Suspense would never have turned in a movie this sloppy.

May 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid | Comment (1)
Combustible Celluloid

When Law leaves in the middle, the whole film just sags.

December 6, 2005 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

Minghella, once again, shows his eclectic talents.

April 9, 2005 Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews
Reeling Reviews

In a career-making performance, the saxophone-blowing, tantrum-throwing Law plays Dickie with such vigor and energy that when he exits, the light dims slightly from the film...

May 14, 2004 Full Review Source:

We all knew Damon was a fine actor after Good Will Hunting, but The Talented Mr. Ripley takes him much further much faster than anyone could have expected.

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

In a starry line-up it's Jude Law who commands most presence, playing the charmer so well that his absence in the latter half leaves a gaping void.

May 20, 2003 Full Review Source: BBC

The Talented Mr. Ripley is creepy and suspenseful, and well-acted, but too long.

February 8, 2003 Full Review Source: Film Quips Online
Film Quips Online

The Talented Mr. Ripley is worth more than a peep.

December 2, 2002 Full Review Source: Sight and Sound
Sight and Sound

Tense tale combines travel magazine gloss with Alfred Hitchcock's dark heart.

November 7, 2002 Full Review Source: Netflix

Audience Reviews for The Talented Mr. Ripley

Compelling, dark, shocking, and fascinating, The Talented Mr. Ripley is expertly constructed and features exceptional acting, writing, and a thrilling narrative.
March 19, 2014
Matthew Samuel Mirliani

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A dive into the mind of a frustrated arriviste and the violent and cunning methods he uses to fulfill his social and affective yearnings. Subtle, suspenseful and fascinating character study.
January 19, 2014

Super Reviewer

Anthony Minghella absolutely knocked it out of the park with this taut and quite faithful adaptation of the first entry in a series of noir thrillers by Patricia Highsmith.

Set in the 1950s, Tom Ripley is a young, bisexual man whose only real talents in life are forging handwriting, impersonating others, and running second-rate scams. He makes his way in New York as a men's room attendant and occasional pianist, but, after being mistaken for a Princeton grad, he comes into contact with a shipping tycoon named Greenleaf who offers Tom $1,000 plus expenses to go to Italy and convince his wayward son Dickie to return home to the States.

Tom sets out on this task, but after befriending Dickie and spending lots of time with him and his lover Marge, he becomes dangerously envious of the carefree and lavish lifestyle lead by Dickie, and after his advances are rejected, Tom decides he'd rather become Dickie instead of continuing his life as it was. After impulsively murdering DIckie and assuming his identity, he finds himself playing a dangerous game in order to cover his tracks and keep the truth hidden.

Aside from greatly expanding on a minor character from the book and creating a whole new one for the movie, this is a wonderfully accurate and faithful take on the source material. It's a very taut and gripping psychological thriller, and the cast masterfully bring the characters to life. Matt Damon is tremendous, and successfully goes against type as the psychopathic con man with serious issues when it comes to identity and a sense of belonging. He's quite chilling, and you really feel on edge as he tries to pull off the task of becoming someone else.

Jude Law is marvelous as the arrogant and brash Dickie, and he really sells the carefree hipster persona of the character. Gwyneth Paltrow is really good as Dickie's lover Marge, although I feel she really gets overshadowed by everyone else, namely Philip Seymour Hoffman as Dickie's friend Freddie Miles, a really slimey and highly suspicious worm who barely conceals his contempt for the tormented lower class Ripley. It's a marvelous performance, and a real tribute to his talents, as Freddie is probably the most loathsome character here.

The production values are top notch, the cinematography and location shooting are absolutely gorgeous, and the film is really strong when it comes to delivering the tension, suspense, and thrills. This is a classy and wonderfully engrossing thriller that you should definitely make a point to see.
September 9, 2012
Chris Weber

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    1. Freddie Miles: How's the peeping, Tommy?
    – Submitted by Kristine A (6 months ago)
    1. Tom Ripley: No, I like him. You like everybody, Marge.
    – Submitted by Brooklyn B (18 months ago)
    1. Tom Ripley: Well, whatever you do, however terrible, however hurtful, it all makes sense, doesn't it, in your head. You never meet anybody that thinks they're a bad person.
    – Submitted by Alexandar T (2 years ago)
    1. Marge Sherwood: Why is it when men play together, they always try to kill each other?
    2. Dickie Greenleaf: [jokingly] He's drowning me!
    – Submitted by Augusta M (2 years ago)
    1. Peter Smith-Kingsley: That Dickie murdered you and took your name with a false passport? That's ridiculous.
    – Submitted by Augusta M (2 years ago)
    1. Herbert Greenleaf: People say you can't choose your parents, but I believe you can't choose your children.
    – Submitted by Augusta M (2 years ago)
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