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The Matador Reviews

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
January 27, 2006
... a dark comedy that is missing the laughs to be funny and the darkness to be, well, dark.
| Original Score: 2/5
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
October 27, 2005
A painful morass of Odd Couple bickering and Elmore Leonard-style criminal kookiness.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Kam Williams
Upstage Magazine
July 2, 2007
A chemistry-free buddy flick.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
December 31, 2005
Julian speaks for the film when he says, 'I'm a wreck, I'm a parody.'
| Original Score: 1/4
Brent Simon
Now Playing Magazine
December 23, 2005
Where an actor's comfort zone and preconception of audience expectation intersect, Richard Shepard's The Matador exists.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Willie Waffle
January 6, 2006
The Matador wants to be Sideways with two wacky guys out on a wild adventure, but the movie only has one guy funny enough to make it work.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
December 4, 2005
Explores the friendship between a hit man and a suburban businessman that strains belief and leads to a totally improbable finale.
Full Review| Original Score: 2/5
Susan Granger
December 29, 2005
Sneaky, off-beat, satirically seedy psychodrama/thriller with Pierce Brosnan as a droll, comically demented hit-man
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Betty Jo Tucker
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
January 20, 2006
Although Brosnan is terrific, the rest of this dark comedy fails to reach the level of his tour-de-force performance.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
July 11, 2006
Thrives on its sleazeball hero being so colorful that you forget its thin, vacuous, amoral and improbable hit man story.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
September 24, 2005
There's a good movie in the general proximity of The Matador, but it only crosses paths with the one you're watching in a couple of scenes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
January 3, 2006
Pierce Brosnan plays a gold-chain-wearing sleazeball in The Matador, a weightless, amoral romp about a professional hit man facing a midlife crisis.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
January 5, 2006
A colorful, freewheeling tale that never gets beneath its darkly comic surface.
| Original Score: C
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 5, 2006
Richard Shepard's noirish movie is constantly couched in quotation marks.
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
January 6, 2006
The Matador strives for an airy, merry amorality, but it never quite achieves liftoff, though at times it comes close.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Kevin Biggers
December 30, 2005
For a much better attempt at this kind of storytelling, make a mental note to some day check out Israeli writer-director Eytan Fox's Walk on Water.
M.E. Russell
January 13, 2006
Unfortunately, writer/director Richard Shepard's pinata-hued comedy tries a little too hard for quirk, right down to its 'funny' musical score.
| Original Score: C
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
January 12, 2006
Shepard's story isn't tight enough to rein in Brosnan, who's emotionally all over the map as the globetrotting assassin.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Lori Hoffman
Atlantic City Weekly
August 9, 2006
... it does give Brosnan a chance to show his comic skills in an edgy comedy that is perhaps not dark enough for the subject matter.
| Original Score: 2/4
Angela Baldassarre
January 23, 2006
There's a Tarantino-esque vibe to this film, but it does not have Tarantino's acid bite.
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