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The Game Reviews

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March 24, 2002
The rocky blur between reality and fantasy aspires to be a Hitchcockian After Hours, but at two hours plus, The Game gets played out early on.
January 1, 2000
It's like the most hideously overproduced episode of The Twilight Zone on record, complete with a last twist that pretty much reduces what came before to soap bubbles.
October 18, 2012
[N]ifty filmic style and crackpot sensibility.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
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.
February 9, 2006
The film's 'message' about complacency transformed by chaos and uncertainty is hackneyed...
January 1, 2000
The best feature is its unpredictability.
Full Review | Original Score: C
January 1, 2000
The Game is an exercise in plotting rather than characterization; as a result, we don't much care who wins or loses.
Read More | Original Score: 62/100
January 1, 2000
If...you find yourself thinking of simple solutions to hero's dilemma every five minutes, that's a pretty lame thriller. In The Game, it's more like every two minutes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
January 1, 2000
Fincher is still working on the assumption that he has better things to do than entertain an audience. Which would be fine if he weren't drawn to such schlocky material.
January 1, 2000
Director David Fincher again demonstrates his superb sense of moody style, but the script, by John Brancato and Michael Ferris, eventually reduces to a kind of visual and moral psychobabble, a surprisingly banal finale.
January 1, 2000
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
January 1, 2000
It's not for everyone and it doesn't make much sense when you stop to think about it, but it's still a lot more fun than Parcheesi.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
June 5, 2002
Once again, Fincher settles for artifice over art.
Top Critic
July 12, 2002
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
October 6, 2012
Well-written, expertly paced, and undeniably riveting, The Game is perhaps most impressive in the way it strips down the Nicholas Van Orton character. The whole process is very layered and each layer breaks down Nicholas even more than the last.
Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
February 16, 2016
Engaging '90s thriller has lots of violence, profanity.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
January 1, 2000
Douglas is the right actor for the role. He can play smart, he can play cold, and he can play angry. He is also subtle enough that he never arrives at an emotional plateau before the film does, and never overplays the process of his inner change.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
January 1, 2000
As it's unspooling on screen, the film is hugely entertaining, but there are several significant plot holes that grow wider the more closely they're investigated.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 29, 2007
"The Game" is a thrilling end run of deception in which a master manipulator is masterfully manipulated.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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