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The Matador Reviews

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Ben Walters
Time Out
August 16, 2007
Brosnan's irreverent charm makes this a welcome alternative to Bond nonsense, even if it's insufficient to compensate for dreary Kinnear ...
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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
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
January 20, 2006
Never as good as you'd hoped or as bad as you'd feared, The Matador is one of those of up-and-down experiences.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
January 14, 2006
Let the good times roll, and take a run at The Matador.
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Peter Debruge
Miami Herald
January 13, 2006
It's painful to watch as the movie basically destroys itself in the second half, slipping from its elegant thriller setup to tired sitcom shenanigans.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Scott Von Doviak
Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
January 13, 2006
The destination isn't much to get excited about, but you're in good company along the way.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
January 9, 2006
[A] really, really strong film.
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
January 6, 2006
Unevenly paced yet darkly funny and consistently intriguing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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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
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Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle
January 6, 2006
In The Matador, Pierce Brosnan plays another man with license to kill, yet he gives a performance wildly unlike his suave superspy. In fact, it may be his best role yet.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
January 6, 2006
The chief joy in this film is the balance of vulnerability and conniving slickness that [Pierce] Brosnan brings to his hit man and the easy kick that a middle-class husband and wife get out of knowing him.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
January 6, 2006
This comedy is as dark as it is oddly unpredictable -- and sporadically hilarious.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
January 6, 2006
This edgy little movie may not cut as sharply as a killer's knife, but it carves out a very diverting niche all the same.
| Original Score: B
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
January 6, 2006
A tart comedy about economic duress and the mind-set of a soon-to-be downsized hit man, it's also a salty celebration of the romance and necessity of friendship.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
January 6, 2006
Writer-director Richard Shepard's movie is just a sweet, broadly made buddy picture that happens to look a lot like an Almodovar production.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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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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Allison Benedikt
Chicago Tribune
January 5, 2006
Funny and touching.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
January 5, 2006
The film rapidly devolves into a lame buddy picture, part thriller, mostly goof.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
January 5, 2006
Good comedy depends on surprise, and throughout The Matador I had no idea where the film was going.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
January 5, 2006
The Matador is admittedly a trifle in the long view of cinema, but it's an amusingly adroit piece of work nonetheless.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 5, 2006
The movie's writer-director, Richard Shepard, balances the macabre and the sentimental, and understands that although his film contains questions like 'don't successful people always live with blood on their hands?' its real subject is friendship.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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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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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
January 4, 2006
The cinematography is consistently hipster handsome, the script is bracing in its lewdness, and Brosnan adds no unnecessary weight to Noble's meaninglessness.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
January 3, 2006
The Matador gets a 151-proof tequila shot of sharp comedy from the droll byplay between Pierce Brosnan and Greg Kinnear.
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Chuck Wilson
L.A. Weekly
January 3, 2006
Maybe Brosnan is so shockingly good in this film because Kinnear gives him the sounding board and safety net that the actor never had in his sadly solitary spy-flick duties.
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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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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
January 3, 2006
Stepping into the role was a bold step by the retiring James Bond, and Brosnan's smooth fit comes as both a shock and a pleasure.
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David Denby
New Yorker
January 3, 2006
The Matador teeters between comedy and moral inquiry but doesn't quite make it either way.
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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
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
December 31, 2005
Now that hoopla surrounding the holiday blockbusters has peaked, audiences will have a better chance at not overlooking this poignant comic gem.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Gene Seymour
Newsday
December 30, 2005
Eventually, you forget Brosnan's ongoing effort to set fire to his trademark creased-and-polished image and begin to share his apparent glee in traipsing through this seriocomic farrago of crime melodrama, buddy movie and sob story.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
December 28, 2005
The general details and color of The Matador fade quickly from memory while Brosnan's gamy, inscrutable libertine is still exhaling Scotch vapor in your face.
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
December 21, 2005
It's a savage, breezy, occasionally obscene and sometimes poignant mix of comedy and crime.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
December 2, 2005
The movie has a nicely modulated mix of comedy and pathos, but succeeds as much because of the two lead performances as Richard Shepard's writing and directing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
November 30, 2005
Just sit back and enjoy the fun.
| Original Score: 3/4
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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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Joe Leydon
Variety
September 24, 2005
A quirky yet commercial commingling of black comedy, seriocomic psychodrama, heart-tugging sudser and buddy-movie farce.