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The Grifters Reviews

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Cole Smithey
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
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: A

November 6, 2009
A darkly cynical and uncompromising gem.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
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.
Steve Crum
March 22, 2008
Clever writing and fine cast make this tale of thieves among us fun to watch.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
Emanuel Levy
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
Jake Euker
F5 (Wichita, KS)
February 25, 2007
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
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Stephen Garrett
Time Out
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.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
May 26, 2006
[A] quirky, absorbing adaptation of Jim Thompson's pulp novel.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Michael A. Smith
Nolan's Pop Culture Review
October 19, 2005
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
Dan Lybarger
Nitrate Online
October 7, 2005
Intriguing neo-noir.
| Original Score: 4/5
Clint Morris
Film Threat
May 6, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
Eric Melin
January 30, 2005
| Original Score: 5/5
Daniel M. Kimmel
Worcester Telegram & Gazette
September 10, 2004
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals
May 26, 2004
| Original Score: 5/5
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
March 9, 2004
| Original Score: 4/5
Spence D.
IGN Movies
February 10, 2004
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
January 29, 2004
Well done, but finally airless modern noir.
| Original Score: 3/5

TV Guide
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
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Vincent Canby
New York Times
May 20, 2003
The Grifters is so good that one leaves the theater on a spellbound high.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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