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The Spanish Prisoner Reviews

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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
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
February 2, 2009
This is probably Mamet's most purely enjoyable film since the gangster comedy Things Change.
November 20, 2008
David Mamet has a penchant for sleight-of-hand thrillers, and The Spanish Prisoner is his craftiest to date.
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.
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.
May 3, 2004
A reminder that even intelligent films can be exercises of style over substance.
Full Review| Original Score: 6/10
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
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+
May 22, 2003
A very impressive movie, The Spanish Prisoner entertains mightily.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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
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
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
September 10, 2002
Truly a great film, much smarter than most thrillers.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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.
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
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
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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