Confidence (2003)

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

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What Jake Vig doesn't know just might get him killed. A sharp and polished grifter, Jake has just swindled thousands of dollars from the unsuspecting Lionel Dolby with the help of his crew: Insideman Gordo, Shills Miles, and Big Al--and two corrupt LAPD officers, Lloyd Whitworth and Omar Manzano. But when both Lionel and Big Al turn up dead, it becomes clear that Lionel wasn't just any mark--as Jake soon learns, he was an accountant for eccentric crime boss Winston King. Never one to shy away from a challenge, Jake offers to repay "The King" by pulling off the biggest con of his career. The mark? Morgan Gillette, a banker with deep ties to organized crime. With so much riding on the outcome, Jake decides to bring in a brash, blonde pickpocket named Lily, who joins the crew in a complex scheme involving corporate loans, creative accounting, wire transfers and off-shore accounts. Jake and his crew will have to stay one step ahead of both the criminals and the cops to finally settle their debt.
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R (for language, violence and sexual/nudity)
Genre:
Drama
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Cast

Edward Burns
as Jake Vig
Donal Logue
as Whitworth
Luis Guzman
as Manzano
Andy Garcia
as Gunther
Franky G
as Lupus
Ethan Embry
as Bobby
John Carroll Lynch
as Grant Ashby
Leland Orser
as Lionel Dolby
Robert Pine
as Mr. Lewis
Elysia Skye
as Salesgirl
April O'Brien
as Attractive Blonde
Robert Forster
as Morgan Price
Michael Dempsey
as Special Agent Artie/IA Officer No. 1
Elle Alexander
as Michelle Strigo
Steve Tom
as Hamilton-Tan
Jay Giannone
as Car Salesman
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Critic Reviews for Confidence

All Critics (154) | Top Critics (42)

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Full Review… | June 23, 2006
Time Out
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July 8, 2003
San Francisco Examiner
Top Critic

Overplotted, overcontrived, overshot and overedited.

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

May 8, 2003
Rolling Stone
Top Critic

Identity is suicidally insecure.

Full Review… | May 2, 2003
Slate
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | April 30, 2003
New York Observer
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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.

xGary Xx
xGary Xx

Super Reviewer

Clever twists and slick humor - not as satisfying upon second viewing though. Edward Burns is charmingly stoic.

Alice Shen
Alice Shen

Super Reviewer

½

"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 action

Director: James Foley
Rated R

Ginny  X
Ginny  X

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