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Confidence (2003)



Average Rating: 6.3/10
Reviews Counted: 154
Fresh: 108 | Rotten: 46

While it may not be the best con in town, the movie still manages to entertain with its colorful cast.


Average Rating: 6.1/10
Critic Reviews: 42
Fresh: 26 | Rotten: 16

While it may not be the best con in town, the movie still manages to entertain with its colorful cast.



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James Foley directs the slick crime caper Confidence, written by first-time screenwriter Doug Jung. Told in flashback, smooth-talking con man Jake Vig (Edward Burns) relates an elaborate scheme orchestrated by his gang :Gordo (Paul Giamatti), Miles (Brian Van Holt), and Big Al (Louis Lombardi). The crew pulls off a swindling job stealing money from a guy named Lionel (Leland Orser), who turns out to be a mob accountant for the crazy crime boss known as the King (Dustin Hoffman). After the damage



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Sep 16, 2003


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All Critics (170) | Top Critics (45) | Fresh (108) | Rotten (46) | DVD (26)

Overplotted, overcontrived, overshot and overedited.

May 16, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Observer
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This is a one sweet sexy sting of a movie.

May 8, 2003
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Identity is suicidally insecure.

May 2, 2003 Full Review Source: Slate
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What it shares with most of its predecessors is a sterling cast, in this instance almost entirely male, and the willingness of several talented performers to play against type, with entertainingly comic effect.

April 30, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Observer
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... Confidence does suffer a bit from some plot devices that haven't been original since The Sting, but it's a top-notch character study and a fun exercise in style.

April 28, 2003 Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper
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Surely there is something wrong with a movie that is supposed to make you go Wow! yet instead provokes a great big Huh?

April 27, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Magazine
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Con man meets the mob. Violent, grown-up tale.

December 22, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

I was entertained, but hardly stunned.

April 29, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

Jammed with double and triple-crosses that make Doug Jung's confusing screenplay secondary to the film's overall look.

October 15, 2004 Full Review

While it sometimes fails to live up to its title, Confidence ultimately, wins us over-in short, it dazzlingly does what all good cons are supposed to do.

September 30, 2004

Misses the first rule of whodunnit filmmaking and never recovers; if you fool me once, you have to at least give me a reason to care that I've been fooled.

March 4, 2004 Full Review Source:

...the performances elevate a standard con game plot.

February 12, 2004 Full Review
Atlantic City Weekly

Garcia, who plays the least glamorous role of his life, does the best job of thieving each scene he's in.

January 19, 2004 Full Review Source:

Podemos até admirar a engenhosidade do tal 'golpe perfeito', mas não nos importamos muito com seus resultados.

January 5, 2004 Full Review Source: Cinema em Cena
Cinema em Cena

certainly rivals con-film king Mamet for the choppy, colloquial crispness of its dialogue, but lacks something of the intricacy of Mamet's plotting.

October 28, 2003 Full Review Source: Movie Gazette

With this crew doing the conning, I'm happy to be suckered.

October 8, 2003 Full Review Source:

'It's great to have Hoffman back from his self-imposed movie exile.'

August 21, 2003 Full Review Source: Teletext

Confident performances from confident performers, indeed, all chewing the kind of post-Tarantino dialogue that's dotted the genre's recent landscape.

July 29, 2003 Full Review Source: Sunday Times (Australia)
Sunday Times (Australia)

Not quite as clever as it thinks it is, but it's still too clever for its own good.

July 8, 2003 Full Review Source: eye WEEKLY

This isn't the worst film of its kind, but it isn't the best either. "Confidence" is only Hollywood's most recent attempt at a cookie-cutter sting/heist film... If you want something other than junk food, go rent "Diggstown" again.

June 24, 2003 Full Review Source:

While Confidence is packed with all the ballsy bombast of Glengarry, it lacks the heart-stopping tension.

June 24, 2003 Full Review Source: BBC

Foley has definitely had his share of bombs - remember Madonna in Who's That Girl, or Marky Mark Wahlberg in Fear - it is apparent that he has found his niche with Confidence.

May 30, 2003 Full Review Source:

...engaging material with brisk pacing and breezy style... [Includes cast and director interviews]

May 9, 2003 Full Review Source:

The problem here is, however, that the real game is the filmmakers'. As I left the theater, I couldn't shake the feeling that I'd been had.

May 8, 2003 Full Review Source: Cinema Signals
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Audience Reviews for Confidence

A conman whose crew accidentally takes the money of a crime kingpin is forced into doing a job for him to pay back the debt. Attempting the same kind of smart, sassy and easygoing charm of the likes of the Ocean's films, Confidence is just a little too generic to really light anyone's fire. Edward Burns is rather too "made for television" to have enough charisma to carry the film, Dustin Hoffman, although a great actor in his day, at his age (and height) cannot do intimidating and easily the best character played by Andy Garcia gets nothing like enough screen time. It does have some charm and wit and is slickly directed by James Foley, but it's just a little too overly familiar and does not have enough in the way of personality or surprises to be considered for the big leagues. If it's an undemanding crime caper you're after and you've run out of Clooney films to watch, you could do a lot worse though.
December 19, 2010
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Clever twists and slick humor - not as satisfying upon second viewing though. Edward Burns is charmingly stoic.
July 27, 2010

Super Reviewer

It?s ok but Dustin Hoffman was terribly miscast considering in the book, his character is this giant muscle-bound thug who sends fair into the hearts of all things living. Hardly!
September 28, 2009

Super Reviewer

"In every con, sooner or later, somebodys gonna ask the right questions." A medium paced con film that should NEVER even be compared to Oceans Eleven. (O11 is fast paced and upbeat, this one just likes to take a power walk.) An all star cast ensemble that delivers just the right amount of ear catching dialogues. Starts of rather choppy but it picks up after a while. So its nothing fresh, but its quite an interesting ride. Sure it has a few minor dents, but its also got a golden easter egg. Want to find out what it is? Watch it from start to finish.I absolutely love the soundtrack! Christophe Beck, Fischerspooner, Groove Armanda, Zero 7 and Coldplay are just a few of the names on the OST. Check it out!!What not to expect: Gun totting actionDirector: James FoleyRated R
April 25, 2009
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