The Color of Money - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

The Color of Money Reviews

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
October 25, 2014
There's nothing [Martin Scorsese] made so achingly generic and impersonal as this.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
James Plath
Movie Metropolis
June 30, 2012
It's entertaining and at times even insightful, but nowhere near as powerful-or memorable-as "The Hustler."
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
June 14, 2012
Working with his crack technical team, Scorsese turns the film into a high-wire act, using everything from the crack of the balls to the soundtrack (best bit: Cruise playing and preening to Warren Zevon's "Werewolves of London") to pump up the action.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Heather Boerner
Common Sense Media
December 18, 2010
A gamble that teens will get this adult's movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Matthew Pejkovic
Matt's Movie Reviews
July 6, 2010
As a standalone movie, it is a memorable entry in Scorsese and Newman's filmographies. But as a companion piece to The Hustler, it is an exceptional example on how to revisit an iconic character with respect, and above all, with a healthy new vision.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Angie Errigo
Empire Magazine
August 6, 2008
A joy to see two masters (Scorsese and Newman) at ease with their work, and one, Cruise, in the making.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5

August 6, 2008
A hard act to follow, but Scorsese does it in style.
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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
August 1, 2008
We are not on Rocky's side of the street, but in Martin Scorsese country, where bent character, not sentiment, shapes destiny, and the best the struggling human spirit can hope for is a split decision.
Emanuel Levy
February 9, 2008
Lacking the urgency, dramatic momentum, and mood of the wonderful 1961 The Hustler, Scorsese's sequel is an enjoyable but ultimately disappointing sequel, and one of his most generic and least personal works.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Cole Smithey
October 3, 2007
Word is that Paul Newman gave Iggy Pop the cold shoulder during the filming.
| Original Score: 4/5

TV Guide
March 26, 2007
Boasts two bravura performances--from Newman, who finally -- and deservedly -- won an Oscar for Best Actor, and Cruise, who is a joy to behold. Watch for Forest Whittaker and Iggy Pop in colorful bit roles.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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March 26, 2007
Pic has a distinctive pulse of its own with exceptional performances by Paul Newman and Tom Cruise.
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Pat Graham
Chicago Reader
March 26, 2007
A solidly crafted entertainment that, for the most part, strikes a successful balance between commercial necessity and personal expression.
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Stephen Garrett
Time Out
June 24, 2006
Scorsese's direction at its most downmarket and upbeat -- never have pool tables, balls and cues looked so rich and strange.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
March 30, 2006
The new version has a tension all its own.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Widgett Walls
September 15, 2005
Undernecessary sequel. Cinematography was incredible, though.
| Original Score: 1/5
Jeremy Heilman
March 13, 2005
For the bulk of the run time, The Color of Money excels on its intended terms as a sexy genre picture, mostly thanks to an energetic star turn courtesy of Tom Cruise.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
August 26, 2004
The film is carried by Paul Newman's intelligent performance.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena
January 2, 2004
As atuações seguras do trio principal e a direção enérgica de Scorsese transformam o bilhar em um jogo tão fascinante quanto o futebol ou o pôquer.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Vincent Canby
New York Times
May 20, 2003
A stunning vehicle -- a white Cadillac among the other mainstream American movies of the season.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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