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The Color of Money Reviews

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May 1, 2018
Best Movie of All Time .
April 28, 2018
must see movie for anyone who loves the game of pool
½ April 16, 2018
Not as amazing as the first film, but everyone involved is a treat to watch. It seems that Felson has turned around many of his previous faults, but this film rings less of a moral tale than a beautifully acted slice of life.
½ March 25, 2018
Paul Newman returns as "Fast" Eddie Felson in "The Color Of Money," Martin Scorsese's sequel to "The Hustler." And though it may not necessarily live up to the standards of that original film or even climb to the ranks of Scorsese's best, there's still a whole lot to enjoy here. The dialogue is as sharp as ever. Tom Cruise and Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio are a delightful addition to the cast and lore at hand. And -- as expected -- Paul Newman's Academy Award winning performance is nothing short of magnetic. There's just something missing that the film's predecessor seemed to maintain a better balance of. Maybe it's the clear decrease in stakes this time around? Or an unneeded amping up of the cynicism? Maybe a bit of both? Either way though, it leaves a bit to be desired. Still, a valid effort and a solid film nonetheless.
½ December 25, 2017


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½ September 8, 2017
The Hustler was a film I enjoyed, so I was very interested in The Color of Money as a follow-up with Paul Newman?s character, Eddie Felson. I haven?t had the greatest affinity for Scorsese?s films, but this seemed like one where he couldn?t miss. Well, it certainly started out that way. The first act was genius and had me absolutely loving the film. I like the way Newman meets Tom Cruise and Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, and how he sees the potential that they have only begun to think about. Then the trip on the road starts a series of encounters that further convinced me that this was going to be one of my favorite films. It was like a classic Karate Kid type of story, with an experienced mentor teaching a young protege how to become something special, and what was most interesting is that he wasn?t teaching pool because Cruise was already amazing at it, but he was actually trying to train him to hustle people.

Then everything fell apart. The Color of Money takes a shift in story so dramatic for the third act that I almost felt like someone else wrote it. The setup that had been building for more than an hour was abandoned and suddenly I was watching a movie about the old guy trying to prove he hasn?t lost his step. It was frustrating, to the point where I checked out emotionally from the climax. I struggled to care about Newman?s character because he appeared so selfish for what he decided to do. Cruise was set up as a cocky kid in the beginning, then got knocked down a peg, but by the end instead of completing that arc he reverted to what he was at the start. And then the movie just ends abruptly. I guess the result is that I kind of liked The Color of Money, because at least two-thirds of it were amazing. But the irony is I feel hustled by this movie, because it sold me on one thing and then disappointed by becoming something I didn?t want at all.
August 21, 2017
8/21/2017 (2): A pretty decent drama with a great cast. I wasn't a huge fan of the ending though. I wanted to see the match!
June 10, 2017
I can finally check this one off the list.
June 7, 2017
The Color of Money is another one of Scorsese's great movies that are over looked. Paul Newman, Tom Cruise, and Mary Elizabeth Manstrantonio are all incredible. Some how Scorsese makes a movie about pool extremely entertaining. An all around fantastic film!
½ March 12, 2017
Newman is solid, Cruise is ideal as the young gun, and we get to see Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio's highlights. Bravo Scorsese!
March 12, 2017
Tom Cruise and Paul Newman costar in Martin Scorsese's The Color of Money. Paul Newman is Fast Eddie Nelson, and he old time pool hustler. He does not play anymore but scours the pool halls looking for the next talent. When his current prospect Julian (John Turturro) loses three times straight to a new hot shot Vincent (Tom Cruise) he starts to think he has the next best thing.

He asks Vincent and his girlfriend Carmen (Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio) to go on the road with him and hustle people all across while training for a nine-ball tournament that is coming up in 6 months. Fast Eddie tries to teach Vincent all the tricks to hustling including of taking a dive, or adding drama to raise the stakes. The two are constantly at odds at first and are constantly fighting. Vincent does not get the concept at first and simply keeps winning and beating the best which scares the rest of the competition. Eventually they get in sync and start making some serious money. Soon Fast Eddie gets inspired starts thinking he can do this on the road himself, and hustle again. The movie of course writes itself in a predictable fashion as its clear the two will play each other in the tournament.

Color of Money is a solid movie that has a relative ceiling to it. The hustler is considered probably to be the best pool movie made, and this film is like a follow up to it. The movie features good talent and of course a great director in Scorsese. Cruise is a young hot shot, and Newman as the seasoned pro, and the two combine for good chemistry. The sexy Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio steals every scene that she is in. The Color of Money follows a pretty predictable script and does not throw too many curves. The Color of Money is by no means a must see unless you are fans of the stars, director, or of course pool.

January 30, 2017
A bit of a slow start for me, but it finishes strong and Newman is fantastic.

Grade: A
January 28, 2017

The Color of Money is aimless, dull and probably deserved to be left as a book as the story has little value on screen, even if portrayed by top notch actors.
December 22, 2016
Very ambitious attempt at recapturing the caper genre.
½ December 18, 2016
Scorsese brings tremendous life to these characters, draws us deeply and vividly into their world, and keeps the story suspenseful as well. Newman is superb, Cruise delivers a great performance, and many smaller parts are convincingly played. It's a coming of age story for both the protagonists, and very well done.
½ November 23, 2016
A brilliant character study & sequel of sorts to The Hustler. Where others find playing Pool boring (or in this case watching Pool), Martin Scorsese's eye for detail captures the art of the game. In particular, Nine Ball. The performances are stellar all around with Paul Newman winning an Oscar for his second turn as "Fast" Eddie Felson. But it's Tom Cruise's performance that really turns heads. One of Scorsese's most overlooked films when it really should be one of his most appreciated.
November 12, 2016
Fast Eddie Felson is back, but he trains a young hotshot pool shark into making some big dough. Their different personalities clash and they end up facing each other in a big tournament. Its nice to see a return of a character and it has its moments, but its a rather straight forward movie and not even close to being as great as the original.
½ September 4, 2016
It just left me feeling trolled. It could have been so good, but instead it was cheesy and overlong. And then there's that bullshit ending.
August 27, 2016
Just a perfect gem of a movie that I can watch over and over and it never gets old.
½ August 13, 2016
Not even close to the movie "The Hustler" was, the dialogue is so bland and the movie is so hollow that you forget you're watching something by Martin Scorsese.
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