The Matador Reviews

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November 20, 2019
Brosnan and Kinnear are up to the challenge, both delivering very solid performances. Brosnan seems to be having a lot of fun playing off his James Bond past, while Kinnear proves to be the perfect adversary.
November 13, 2019
Intelligently written with sparkling and witty repartee, intriguing quirkiness and entertainment value that is endlessly enjoyable, The Matador is the film to take a stab at this week!
July 16, 2019
Hope Davis' brilliant turn as Kinnear's naive but slightly naughty wife... is the cherry on director Richard Shepard's sundae.
December 24, 2010
Absurd and quirky at times, The Matador plays like a "Bizarro World" variation of a James Bond film. It's beautifully shot, strange and deeply meaningful.
August 19, 2010
Brosnan's sleazy, broken-spirited hitman Julian Noble nabs the spotlight in Richard Shepard's generally pleasing comic thriller.
April 29, 2009
With great performances, including a scene stealing show stopper from Brosnan, and tight direction, this is a great crises of conscience tale.
November 20, 2008
February 28, 2008
...a hip and hilarious dark comedy.
September 27, 2007
Brosnan's work as a monster who'd like to become human, but has no idea how, is painfully funny.
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 ...
July 14, 2007
July 2, 2007
A chemistry-free buddy flick.
March 1, 2007
Get past the stunt casting, and The Matador has very little to offer, despite all the hubbub surrounding it.
January 27, 2007
Nice characters and situations: unfortunately, writer-director Richard Shephard didn't have much idea where to go with them.
December 13, 2006
But the gold star here goes to Brosnan. His performance digs deep into Julian's soul and it is that depth that makes the performance stand out.
September 10, 2006
in an ideal world, The Matador would be the movie to watch on a late Friday afternoon to start relaxing for the weekend
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.
July 11, 2006
Thrives on its sleazeball hero being so colorful that you forget its thin, vacuous, amoral and improbable hit man story.
July 6, 2006
Brosnan is performing his own high-wire act here, daring us not to like his sleazy, vulgar, insensitive, immoral character.
July 4, 2006
Casting Greg Kinnear (As Good As It Gets) to play the straight man to Brosnan's wacked-out whack-man was a stroke of genius.
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