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
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic
September 7, 2011

Full Review | Original Score: A-
Carly Kocurek
Common Sense Media
January 1, 2011

Full of murder and deceit; too violent for kids.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5

Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic
February 4, 2010

Full Review | Original Score: A-
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.

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.

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
Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight
January 29, 2003

| Original Score: 3.5/4
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
Ben De Haan
October 30, 2002

An undeniable masterpiece.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Margaret A. McGurk
Cincinnati Enquirer
October 15, 2002

The film is a little longer than it needs to be, but on balance, this is one of the sleekest, most involving mysteries to hit the big screen this year.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4

Sight and Sound
June 18, 2012

Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
Top Critic
December 24, 2011
August 12, 2002

Irish Times
January 1, 2000

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