The Game Reviews

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October 31, 2019
A classy thriller, and yet further evidence of how Michael Douglas was able to nail these WASP-in-peril roles.
June 8, 2018
Douglas finally musters one of his best performances to carry Fincher's essay on self-reliance to its exciting, if absurd endgame.
February 28, 2018
The rational side of my brain can pick this movie apart until all that's left is incoherent threads. The movie-mad side, happy to lose control, had a hell of a good time.
October 22, 2017
...a top-tier thriller that doesn't always seem to get the respect and admiration it clearly deserves.
February 16, 2016
Engaging '90s thriller has lots of violence, profanity.
October 18, 2012
[N]ifty filmic style and crackpot sensibility.
September 26, 2012
This is one of those movies that's so tightly written and densely plotted, it leaves no room for error -- or viewer queries. Unfortunately, the questions will start flying even before the picture's over.
October 4, 2011
This 1997 thriller is fairly entertaining nonsense if all you're looking for is 128 minutes of diversion. But if you'd like something more from David Fincher, the director of Seven, don't get your hopes up.
October 4, 2011
Sure, it strains credulity, but it's clever, well-paced and builds to a spectacular -- if not altogether satisfying -- conclusion.
October 4, 2011
Good looking, tightly controlled thriller. An exhilarating ride that prepares the ground for Fight Club.
March 26, 2009
Regardless of how far one chooses to buy into The Game -- and the ending ambiguously suggests that it could go on and on -- there is no doubt as to Fincher's staggering expertise as a director and his almost clinical sense of precision.
April 29, 2007
"The Game" is a thrilling end run of deception in which a master manipulator is masterfully manipulated.
February 9, 2006
The film's 'message' about complacency transformed by chaos and uncertainty is hackneyed...
April 9, 2005
A solid original screenplay -- one of the best out of Hollywood this year.
February 2, 2004
May 20, 2003
March 16, 2003
The Game is one of those films that requires the viewer to suspend his disbelief to a great extent, but offers pretty good entertainment in return for that effort.
October 15, 2002
The Game is something more than a stylish thriller, though it dishes up style and thrills in abundance.
September 10, 2002
You know how some films could be great or have indeed some great moments, but for some reason, are disappointing? This piece is exactly in that category.
Top Critic
July 12, 2002
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