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The Grifters Reviews

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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: A
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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.
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
November 6, 2009
A mannerist thriller that doesn't begin to work despite the number of talented hands involved.
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Variety Staff
Variety
October 18, 2008
Cusack underplays Roy, making him an unbelievable wiseguy, a colorless cipher too akin to the saps he loves to fleece.
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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.
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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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Hal Hinson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
It seduces you into believing it's merely a cheeky trifle, and then, when you least expect it, lowers the boom.
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
This is one human board game that's absorbing to watch.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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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Entertainment Weekly
September 14, 1990
Full Review | Original Score: A