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Led by a suitably slimy performance from John Malkovich, Ripley's Game brings Patricia Highsmith's bestselling sociopath brilliantly to life. Read critic reviews

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The third book in Patricia Highsmith's Ripley series, "Ripley's Ball" is set in present day Italy, where art connoisseur, harpsichord aficionado, master of soufflés and genius of improvisational murder, Ripley (John Malkovich) finds his complacency shaken when he is scorned at a local party. While any ordinary sociopath might repay the insult with some mild act of retribution, the game Ripley has in mind is far subtler, and infinitely more sinister.

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  • Dec 17, 2011
    Though I'm not sure it's better than The Talented Mr. Ripley, I am sure that Malkovich is a better Ripley than Damon. Excellent deliberate and methodical pace, a smart movie that doesn't rely on cheap thrills, but on great source material and a good adaption. I was also impressed with the direction and editing, giving the entire film a fitting atmosphere and appropriate mood.
    Jeffrey M Super Reviewer
  • May 25, 2010
    Anthony Minghella's "The Talented Mr. Ripley" has vibrantly shown the eponymous character's descent into controlled insanity. But here in "Ripley's Game", although John Malkovich's portrayal of Tom Ripley was much more ruthless than Matt Damon's, the film unexpectedly delved into the character's resurging conscience and humanity. The film, like its unofficial predecessor, contains actors of great talents, and though Malkovich was perfect as Ripley, Dougray Scott gave the best perormance as the terminally ill picture framer. Tom Ripley is the player, and in his amoral world where art and music converges in an elegant harmony, his murderous con games is ever present, and usually comes with a price. Great piece of cinema.
    Ivan D Super Reviewer
  • May 27, 2008
    Good Cast...Great Locations...A Surprisingly Mediocre Film. I think if you go into this with no knowledge of any of the other "Ripley" films, you will probably enjoy this a lot more then I did. Having greatly enjoyed "The Talented Mister Ripley", this was a little disapointing. To spite it's notable cast it seemed a little low budget and slightly dated, even though it is only a few years old. Not entirely without merit, just forget everything you you THINK you know about "Mr. Ripley" and enjoy the ride. Did make me more interested in reading some of Patricia Highsmiths other "Tom Ripley" books.
    Robert C Super Reviewer
  • May 25, 2008
    Uhhh well shocked really at how much i didnt really enjoy it compared with the reviews its had! Fantastic cast brilliant scenery , nice acting but the storyline just wasnt as good as id hope to be honest! for a psychological thriller its not very manipulative or physcho really i mean first he doesnt like the guy and wants revenge so he pushes him into murder but then in the end he helps him out so i just thought it was a tad weird and confusing for a simple story to follow!! Its a bit slow and not that much action to be honest, apart from the near end with a shootout as such and is fairly amusing with Mahlkovich being brilliant!
    Film C Super Reviewer

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