The Talented Mr. Ripley Reviews

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Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
September 21, 2013

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.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Carly Kocurek
Common Sense Media
January 1, 2011

Full of murder and deceit; too violent for kids.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
Top Critic
March 18, 2008

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.

Ceri Thomas
March 18, 2008

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

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Garth Franklin
Dark Horizons
January 15, 2008

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

Rob Gonsalves
September 23, 2007

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

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Joe Lozito
Big Picture Big Sound
July 14, 2007

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

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
Top Critic
April 27, 2007

On balance, The Talented Mr. Ripley is worth seeing more for its undeniably delightful journey than its final destination.

Geoff Andrew
Time Out
Top Critic
June 24, 2006

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.

Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
May 26, 2006

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

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Ron Wells
Film Threat
December 6, 2005

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

Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
April 9, 2005

Minghella, once again, shows his eclectic talents.

Full Review | Original Score: B+
Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture
Top Critic
August 7, 2004

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.

Ellen Kim
May 14, 2004

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...

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
June 19, 2003

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.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Stella Papamichael
May 20, 2003

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.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
Top Critic
April 25, 2003

Even before its release, The Talented Mr. Ripley has attracted some mighty serious analytic attention.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
John R. McEwen
Film Quips Online
February 8, 2003

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

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Charlotte O'Sullivan
Sight and Sound
December 2, 2002

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

James Rocchi
November 7, 2002

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

Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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