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Matthau, with the role of a lifetime at his hands, seizes it and makes it wonderful. As the incompetent shyster, Matthau snarls, cajoles, is breezy and sniveling by turns.
...another bittersweet comedy commentary on contemporary US mores.
Wildly funny in spots...
The friction between the laughs and the cynicism generates more heat than most Hollywood comedies even aim at...
Mr. Wilder's last film and a comedy of unrelieved vulgarity, but it has style and taste.
A very funny film, this morality tale is a deft mixture of cynicism, wit and idealism as only writer-director Wilder could do it.
Saddled with a thin story.
Though not top-notch Billy Wilder, this cynical satire about an unscrupulous lawyer and a TV cameraman benefits from good acting by Walter Matthau and Jack Lemmon in their first screen teaming.
Good, but probably Wilder's most overrated film.
The trio would move on to better things, but the comic chemistry was tangible from the start.
It's [the] performances that make The Fortune Cookie worth checking out, because the story itself isn't terribly interesting.
Matthau is smooth, and a great physical comic.
Walter Matthau got an Oscar for his epic portrayal of a sleazy, ambulance chasing lawyer who sees a big payday when his schlub brother-in-law (Lemmon) gets creamed while filming a pro-football game, and the action sizzles whenever he's onscreen. The two subplots don't fare as well: the football player who does the damage, drowning in guilt, and the stereotypical scheming ex-wife who returns for the money. As usual with Billy Wilder, it's the cynical view of the modern man blues that provides the comedy.
An underrated bittersweet comedy sparklingly written by the master of cynicism. Tailor made for the antics of the marvelous odd couple Matthau-Lemmon.
A comical caper from Jack Lemon and Walter Matthau, some great lines throughout, easy watching, a good oldie.
Another great comedy from Wilder, this movie is hilarious, fun, and has a great cast. I highly recommend it.
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