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The Spanish Prisoner Reviews

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 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
February 14, 2001
Mamet brings more than a decade's worth of filmmaking experience to his latest project, and his skill as a director has improved considerably.
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 picture is moderately diverting. But it's never much fun.
January 1, 2000
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
January 1, 2000
Mamet's dialogue is as deft as ever, and he draws a fine, complex performance from Scott, an actor whose talents are underused and underappreciated.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
January 1, 2000
It...has an appealing, ironically rarefied look that the filmmaker measures out carefully, in a story that begins with a seaplane and ends with a ferry.
January 1, 2000
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
January 1, 2000
Mamet keeps the settings simple, breeding mistrust out of the flat walls and corporate colors. He concentrates on dialogue and character, and this movie is warmer, and much closer to psychological realism, than the weirdly schematic House of Games.
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
September 8, 1997
Full Review | Original Score: B+