The Matador

2005, Comedy/Drama, 1h 37m

156 Reviews 50,000+ Ratings

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This humorously amoral, oddball comic thriller features strong performances by Pierce Brosnan and Greg Kinnear as a flamboyant, aging hit-man and an out of work suburban businessman, respectively. Read critic reviews

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Salesman Danny Wright (Greg Kinnear) is working through his shaky marriage and the untimely death of his child when he bumps into the similarly dispirited Julian Noble (Pierce Brosnan) in a Mexican dive bar. After they develop an unusual but meaningful bond, the brash Julian reveals that he is a contract killer, which doesn't bother Danny. Months later, a desperate Julian shows up at Danny's home and asks for a life-changing favor that truly puts their friendship to the test.

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  • Feb 13, 2016
    It's surprisingly low-key for an "action-comedy" (if it should even be called that) and it's full of surprising plot choices that opt for a more conversational tone than obvious jokes. Brosnan is so, so good in this role . . . just cartoonish enough to be amusing and then measured exactly when he needs to be.
    Alec B Super Reviewer
  • Jul 01, 2012
    I had high hopes for this film; unfortunately it didn't do it for me. I was very disappointed with the film. I felt that the film was way too long and took too much time to get to the point. Even with a great cast, The Matador is a mediocre film that has nothing really interesting going for it. I thought the film could have been much better and it had plenty of wasted potential. I didn't like the film, and was quite forgettable to be honest. This film really could have been a great film, but I felt that the script really didn't have anything really remarkable about it. The Matador is a long film that is just boring, not even the great cast can save this film from being bad. I really couldn't get into this film, and I felt it could have been much better than what it turned out to be. This is just an overrated film where there's nothing going on-screen. The film missed the mark, and wasn't entertaining. This film could have been much better, but it fails because it's too boring. As far as the comedy is concerned, I didn't see anything funny about it, and it just failed at being enjoyable, funny and memorable. The Matador is forgettable and it just doesn't have anything worth mentioning. I think it's too bad because the cast was great, but the films plot, I felt didn't work. I didn't like this one, and though not awful, it's simply not very good either.
    Alex r Super Reviewer
  • Nov 29, 2011
    "The Matador" gets even better the second time around. It's so simple and low-key but so well-made. It's got a good head on its shoulders (director Richard Shepard) and becomes so increasingly inventive that I remained entertained for the time being. That's more than what I can say about most summer blockbusters. And it's funny. Darkly funny, at that.
    Stephen E Super Reviewer
  • Aug 16, 2011
    The Matador is simple. it's not overly thought-out or pretentious and there aren't any plot twists. It's just... simple. A simple movie. But it's so enjoyable. It's funny, charismatic, and original, and there is a great performance from Pierce Brosnan here, who generates such a likable character. It's so great to see a movie like this a second time, to already expect everything and not have to pay attention as much as you did the first time. You get to enjoy everything a little bit more. I love movies like these, where they're just simple and low-key, but well-made. The Matador has a good head on its shoulders. And in times like these, when everything is a repeat of everything else, it's nice to find something like this. Something that deserves to appreciated.
    Stephen E Super Reviewer

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