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The Spanish Prisoner Reviews

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January 8, 2018
There are enough twists and grown-up intrigue to keep one asking, "Hey, what's going on here?"
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 2, 2009
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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.
April 9, 2005
| Original Score: B-
May 3, 2004
A reminder that even intelligent films can be exercises of style over substance.
Full Review| Original Score: 6/10
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
May 20, 2003
| Original Score: 3/4
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
July 31, 2002
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
July 27, 2002
| Original Score: 5/5
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.
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