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The Spanish Prisoner Reviews

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January 1, 2000
A film by David Mamet, blah blah blah, things are not what they seem, blah blah blah, don't trust appearances, blah blah blah. Is this thing over yet?
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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
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 1, 2000
This guess-what-plot-turn-is-next thriller is anything but thrilling thanks to terrible pacing and its ponderous two hour length.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
January 1, 2000
The picture is moderately diverting. But it's never much fun.
January 1, 2000
It's an interesting premise with more than a few Hitchcockian overtones. And because of that, it's easy to see why Mamet wants his actors to be so aloof - to make the audience wary of character motivations. But the strategy really backfires here.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
January 9, 2002
As the movie keeps piling on surprise revelations, it becomes more convoluted without ever managing to be satisfying or exciting.
January 1, 2000
It rolls its sleeves above its elbows to show it has no hidden cards, and then produces them out of thin air.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
January 1, 2000
The Spanish Prisoner is for anyone who likes to think and feel along with the characters. Mamet offers us the same clues he gives to Joe; we can piece the truth together along with him.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
July 27, 2002
| Original Score: 5/5
January 1, 2000
While none of the plot twists should be entirely unexpected for the viewer, this is as much a game as a film to see and to pick apart.
Full Review | Original Score: high +1 out of -4..+4
January 1, 2000
Steve Martin and Campbell Scott - wow! Who knew they had such talent.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
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.
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
January 1, 2000
The film's title refers to the "oldest con in the world," an FBI agent tells Joe. Mamet's con -- letting his audience know they're being duped and getting them to love it at the same time -- must be one of the newest.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
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.
July 31, 2002
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
January 1, 2000
This is a nifty puzzler for those who like to use their noodle.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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+
April 9, 2005
| Original Score: B-
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