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The Grifters Reviews

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February 6, 2018
These doomed grifters deserve instant admission into the film noir pantheon.
September 13, 2011
[VIDEO] Although the movie recalls films by the Coen Brothers or the Dahl Brothers, "The Grifters" retains its source material's voice in a thoroughly original way. Here's a neo-noir you can never see too many times.
Full Review | Original Score: A
November 6, 2009
A darkly cynical and uncompromising gem.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
November 6, 2009
Best to savor The Grifters for its handsome design -- the picture looks as clean as a Hockney landscape -- and its juicy performances.
November 6, 2009
A mannerist thriller that doesn't begin to work despite the number of talented hands involved.
October 18, 2008
Cusack underplays Roy, making him an unbelievable wiseguy, a colorless cipher too akin to the saps he loves to fleece.
March 22, 2008
Clever writing and fine cast make this tale of thieves among us fun to watch.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
July 22, 2007
British helmer Frears makes auspicious American debut with this light, speedy, perfectly executed noir, based on Jim Thompson's novel, boasting three terrific performances; one of the best films of the year
Full Review | Original Score: A
June 24, 2006
Donald Westlake's excellent screenplay does some justice to the starkness of Jim Thompson's novel; and Frears' direction never fails to grab the attention.
May 26, 2006
[A] quirky, absorbing adaptation of Jim Thompson's pulp novel.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
October 7, 2005
Intriguing neo-noir.
| Original Score: 4/5
January 29, 2004
Well done, but finally airless modern noir.
| Original Score: 3/5
July 30, 2003
Donald Westlake's screenplay has the right combination of vivid characters, mordant wit and avaricious savagery which distinguishes the best noir.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
May 20, 2003
The Grifters is so good that one leaves the theater on a spellbound high.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
September 20, 2002
perfectly-cast... a gem
| Original Score: 4/5
July 25, 2002
An acidic modern noir full of two-faced cons and unexpected jolts.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
August 15, 2001
A love triangle among grifters (con artists), that plays out as a film noir morality tale.
Full Review | Original Score: B
July 25, 2001
A perfectly cast and gripping neo-noir thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
February 27, 2001
I guess the whole problem is that there's just not enough grifting going on.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
January 1, 2000
This is a movie of plot, not episode. It's not just a series of things that happen to the characters, but a web, a maze of consequences.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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