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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
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.
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
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.
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
February 9, 2006
The film's 'message' about complacency transformed by chaos and uncertainty is hackneyed...
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Globe and Mail
July 12, 2002
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
June 18, 2002
The picture provides Douglas with one of his best roles. If he doesn't quite reach the bizarre heights he achieved in Falling Down, The Game makes its own demands.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Mike Clark
USA Today
January 1, 2000
A crowd-pleasing pip most of the way.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Susan Stark
Detroit News
January 1, 2000
| Original Score: 2/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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
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Charles Taylor
Salon.com
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.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
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.
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
January 1, 2000
Douglas, who delivers a new shade of cruel elegance each time he plays another urbane monster, is the ideal star for this vigorously contrived thriller.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 12, 1997
The Game is an intensely exciting puzzle-gimmick thriller, the kind of movie that lets you know from the start that it's slyly aware of its own absurdity (which is why it can then get away with it).
Full Review | Original Score: B+