The Game Reviews

October 18, 2012
[N]ifty filmic style and crackpot sensibility.
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...
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.
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July 12, 2002
June 5, 2002
Once again, Fincher settles for artifice over art.
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
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.
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.
January 1, 2000
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.
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
The best feature is its unpredictability.
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.