The Fortune Cookie Reviews

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June 27, 2019
Walter Matthau leers into the lens with loathsome brilliance while Jack Lemmon gives him a run for his money, pirouetting behind him in a wheel-chair.
June 4, 2019
Wilder remains as much ahead of his time as he was of it, skewering human foibles with a withering eye.
October 22, 2018
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.
August 15, 2007
...another bittersweet comedy commentary on contemporary US mores.
August 15, 2007
A very funny film, this morality tale is a deft mixture of cynicism, wit and idealism as only writer-director Wilder could do it.
August 15, 2007
Wildly funny in spots...
March 17, 2007
Saddled with a thin story.
Top Critic
January 26, 2006
The friction between the laughs and the cynicism generates more heat than most Hollywood comedies even aim at...
July 3, 2005
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.
October 8, 2004
July 19, 2004
Good, but probably Wilder's most overrated film.
July 17, 2004
July 10, 2004
June 22, 2004
August 22, 2003
May 24, 2003
The trio would move on to better things, but the comic chemistry was tangible from the start.
September 25, 2002
It's [the] performances that make The Fortune Cookie worth checking out, because the story itself isn't terribly interesting.
September 19, 2002
August 29, 2002
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