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The Tomatometer is 60% or higher.
The Tomatometer is 59% or lower.
Movies and TV shows are Certified Fresh with a steady Tomatometer of 75% or higher after a set amount of reviews (80 for wide-release movies, 40 for limited-release movies, 20 for TV shows), including 5 reviews from Top Critics.
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Marvin Hamlisch's goofy score all but bruises your ribs by jabbing you with "isn't this hilarious?" wackiness, but ultimately the cast plays it so straight that to respond with laughter almost feels like chuckling at a funeral.
Mr. Damon plays it admirably straight, for the most part, thereby serving as a counterweight to the clamorous self-delight that surrounds him. Unfortunately, that's not enough to save the production...
Instead of a nail-biter like The Insider or the pathetic tale of a corporate hit-and-run victim, such as Flash of Genius, Mark's big-business shenanigans simply peter out anticlimactically over the course of six or seven years, and that's that.
There's something disturbing about a film that beats its own drum about how funny it is. In reality, we're suckers on the wrong side of the punch, victims of a different kind of double take: our money and our health.
Damon's too-tame-to-tantalize narrative voiceover throughout is monotonous, in an absurdist scam-within-a scam eavesdropper noir that needed more dramatic clout. And less lighthearted humor and a darker thrust, in keeping with this twisted subject matter.