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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.
½ January 18, 2017
The Color of Money is another one of Scorsese's really good movies that are over looked. Paul Newman, Tom Cruise, and Mary Elizabeth Manstrantonio are all incredible. Some how Scorsese makes a movie about pool entertaining. A very solid movie.
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.
June 19, 2016
Todo un clįsico del cine y una de las obras cumbres de Scorsesse.
May 30, 2016
I like this movie way better than The Hustler. That movie was depressing. This movie kicks ass.
May 15, 2016
"The Color of Money" boasts fantastic performances from Newman and Cruise, and it's formulaic nature makes it all the more appealing to viewers. You can't help but be entertained.
April 9, 2016
Being a Paul Newman fan, one of my favorite characters is Fast Eddie. Scorsese does wonderful painting a vivid and gritty story that continues that of the Hustler. Cruise plays a phenomenal jerk, or "incredible flake" as Fast Eddie calls him, to create a great dynamic. If you've never seen this, watch it. If you've only seen parts, watch it. If you've seen won is twice as sweet as money earned.
March 30, 2016
top 5 scorsese, period
½ February 8, 2016
Among many other things, what makes Martin Scorsese a brilliant director is to take a reasonably familiar premise and turn it into something original and new. The Color of Money ranks as one of Scorsese's most overlooked but, perhaps, shouldn't be due to the fantastic performances and the director's eye for detail.
½ October 11, 2015
Scorsese's adaptation (in name only) of Walter Tevis's sequel to his novel "The Hustler" is not a bad movie, it just doesn't particularly feel like a movie Scorsese was all that interested in making. Newman is great, and although his Oscar is kind of a career Oscar, he still carries this pic. I'm not generally a Tom Cruise hater, but he's just coasting in this film. Not bad, but never as appealing as he can be. There are some instances where the Scorsese spark seems to take hold, especially the way some of the pool games are shot, but he can do so much better than this.
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