The Talented Mr. Ripley Reviews

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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
December 24, 2011
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Entertainment Weekly
February 4, 2010
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
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.
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
April 27, 2007
On balance, The Talented Mr. Ripley is worth seeing more for its undeniably delightful journey than its final destination.
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
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.
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Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture
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.
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
April 25, 2003
Even before its release, The Talented Mr. Ripley has attracted some mighty serious analytic attention.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Bob Graham
San Francisco Chronicle
June 18, 2002
If anybody can create sympathy for the devil, the angelic Matt Damon can.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Jay Carr
Boston Globe
June 18, 2002
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Roger Ebert
At the Movies
January 1, 2000
The movie is an intelligent a thriller as you'll see this year.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
January 1, 2000
The Talented Mr. Ripley offers diabolically smart surprises wherever you care to look.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
January 1, 2000
Brilliantly unsettling.
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Amy Taubin
Village Voice
January 1, 2000
It's a sign of how watered-down the movie is that only the supporting actors have any bite.
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Glenn Lovell
San Jose Mercury News
January 1, 2000
The kind of sophisticated, old-fashioned thriller Hollywood doesn't get around to much anymore.
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
January 1, 2000
And there are good reasons to see the new film, both for the scenery and the generally fine acting.
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
January 1, 2000
Lacking in emotional impact.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Jeff Millar
Houston Chronicle
January 1, 2000
Perhaps at 90 or so minutes, it would have been the Hitchcockian thriller that it isn't at the beginning but turns into. At two hours and 20 minutes, there's too much of the film that feels like reiteration.
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Robert Horton
Film.com
January 1, 2000
The Talented Mr. Ripley may be Hitchcock on holiday, but that's a perfectly enjoyable vacation.
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Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
January 1, 2000
The Talented Mr. Ripley inhabits a world of shiny, sparkly surfaces. Looking beneath those surfaces provides provocative fun and probing drama.
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
In terms of psychological profundity, it isn't one millimeter deep.
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Charles Taylor
Salon.com
January 1, 2000
Minghella isn't going back to the modest style and the organic emotion of Truly, Madly, Deeply, his first and still his best film.
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Jonathan Foreman
New York Post
January 1, 2000
Seductive and stylish.
| Original Score: 3/4
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January 1, 2000
The Talented Mr. Ripley loses a bit of its steam toward the end, but Minghella has still delivered an extremely provocative and well-made film.
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Ernest Hardy
Film.com
January 1, 2000
The Talented Mr. Ripley is a purposeful visual feast.
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Susan Stark
Detroit News
January 1, 2000
Again, Minghella proves himself the most stylish and literate of film makers.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
January 1, 2000
Performances are aces top to bottom.
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
January 1, 2000
The movie gives us enticing sights and sounds, brilliant scenes, gifted actors and artists and at least part of one of the all-time great nerve-jangling thriller plots.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 1, 2000
Matt Damon is simply not convincing in this role. Not only is his performance flat, but he is unable to generate any sense of menace.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Mike Clark
USA Today
January 1, 2000
A cast with unusual depth.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Michael Atkinson
Mr. Showbiz
January 1, 2000
A beautifully executed Hollywood all-you-can-eat salad bar of glamour, plot twists, breathtaking Mediterranean vistas, and jazz.
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Steven Rosen
Denver Post
January 1, 2000
He [Anthony Minghella] is aided by the intensely bright cinematography of John Seale, a score by Gabriel Yared that mixes hot jazz with classical, and the bold and lively retro-chic costumes of Ann Roth and Gary Jones.
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Steve Murray
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
January 1, 2000
It's an Italian feast, spiked with just enough arsenic to make the flavors interesting and dangerous.