The Spanish Prisoner Reviews

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Michael Dequina
TheMovieReport.com
April 1, 2009
One exceedingly well-crafted piece of manipulation that keeps the audience strung along with every intricate turn of the plot.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Maitland McDonagh
TV Guide's Movie Guide
February 2, 2009
The result is rather frustrating -- the story works but feels oddly hollow, almost like a con game itself.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4

Film4
February 2, 2009
This is probably Mamet's most purely enjoyable film since the gangster comedy Things Change.
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Leonard Klady
Variety
November 20, 2008
David Mamet has a penchant for sleight-of-hand thrillers, and The Spanish Prisoner is his craftiest to date.
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
April 27, 2007
The Spanish Prisoner shares with Glengarry Glen Ross a vision of life as a cosmic con game in which the victimizers feed the fantasies of the victims.
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Derek Adams
Time Out
February 9, 2006
David Mamet's most consistently enjoyable film to date is a cool, typically clever con-trick drama packed with deliciously inventive twists that get ever more convoluted and unnerving as the plot proceeds.
Dragan Antulov
rec.arts.movies.reviews
May 3, 2004
A reminder that even intelligent films can be exercises of style over substance.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Brian Mckay
eFilmCritic.com
November 16, 2003
A substandard con flick that is surprisingly lightweight for a David Mamet film. In fact, it's so watered down that it feels more like a forgettable T.V. Movie-of-the-week.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Carlo Cavagna
AboutFilm.com
August 11, 2003
In David Mamet's world nothing is what it seems and nobody talks like a real person. The stylized dialogue is not a flaw--it's part of the entertainment. Mamet keeps you and star Campbell Scott guessing until the final moments.
| Original Score: B+
Eugene Novikov
Film Blather
May 22, 2003
A very impressive movie, The Spanish Prisoner entertains mightily.
Full Review | Original Score: B
John R. McEwen
Film Quips Online
February 8, 2003
An intriguing whodunit about murder and computer software, The Spanish Prisoner fails because for the most part, its actors aren't up to the task, and Mamet is unable to educate them properly.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks
January 10, 2003
David Mamet's latest contraption has its satisfying moments, but the film is rarely more than just that: a contraption.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Margaret A. McGurk
Cincinnati Enquirer
October 15, 2002
By the end, the story does overrun the characters; but we only know them in a superficial way, so it seems natural for them to be secondary to the plot.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Kevin N. Laforest
Montreal Film Journal
September 10, 2002
Truly a great film, much smarter than most thrillers.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
April 12, 2002
There's something fresh, even restorative, in watching an American studio movie that doesn't treat the movie-going audience like a bunch of gullible marks.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
March 2, 2002
It is a subtle and revealing drama about a confidence game filled with on-target insights into business, paranoia, deceit, pride, and entitlement.
Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
Goatdog's Movies
February 28, 2002
This movie has enough twists and turns to satisfy anyone who likes surprises and people who are not what they seem.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Stephen Farber
Movieline
January 9, 2002
As the movie keeps piling on surprise revelations, it becomes more convoluted without ever managing to be satisfying or exciting.
June 14, 2001
It's a modern corporate espionage type thriller and it's cool. It's got a smart pedigree and a tiny budget and big big ideas.
Full Review | Original Score: 4
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
February 27, 2001
What makes The Spanish Prisoner so good is that Mamet has the ability to trick you into thinking you know what's going to happen.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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