The Talented Mr. Ripley

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With Matt Damon's unsettling performance offering a darkly twisted counterpoint to Anthony Minghella's glossy direction, The Talented Mr. Ripley is a suspense thriller that lingers.

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To be young and carefree amid the blue waters and idyllic landscape of sun-drenched Italy in the late 1950s; that's la dolce vita Tom Ripley (Matt Damon) craves- and Dickie Greenleaf (Jude Law) leads. When Dickie's father asks Tom to bring his errant playboy son back home to America, Dickie and his beautiful expatriate girlfriend, Marge Sherwood (Gwyneth Paltrow), never suspect the dangerous extremes to which Ripley will go to make their lifestyle his own.

Cast & Crew

Matt Damon
Tom Ripley
Gwyneth Paltrow
Marge Sherwood
Jude Law
Dickie Greenleaf
Cate Blanchett
Meredith Logue
Jack Davenport
Peter Smith-Kingsley
James Rebhorn
Herbert Greenleaf
Sergio Rubini
Inspector Roverini
Philip Baker Hall
Alvin MacCarron
Patricia Highsmith
Writer (Novel)
Steve E. Andrews
Producer
Sydney Pollack
Executive Producer
Paul Zaentz
Co-Producer
Gabriel Yared
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Critic Reviews for The Talented Mr. Ripley

All Critics (133) | Top Critics (34) | Fresh (111) | Rotten (22)

  • The sumptuous production, eclectic score, grand performances and engrossing moments of suspense make Ripley one the year's finer offerings.

    February 21, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Minghella puts us inside Ripley's head, inviting us to share his envy and giddy excitement even as we recognize his warped need to be someone he's not.

    February 16, 2018 | Full Review…

    David Ansen

    Newsweek
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  • "The Talented Mr. Ripley" slithers along with great elegance and purpose for most of Ripley's reign, stumbling only at the end when Minghella trips on the limitations imposed by his own updated psychoanalysis.

    September 7, 2011 | Rating: A- | Full Review…
  • Familiarity is the watchword of this overblown opus, which neglects holes in the plot to play up its postmodern theme of identity as pastiche -- a clear case of the pot calling the kettle black.

    March 18, 2008 | Full Review…
  • On balance, The Talented Mr. Ripley is worth seeing more for its undeniably delightful journey than its final destination.

    April 27, 2007 | Full Review…

    Andrew Sarris

    Observer
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  • Not only is it an elegantly polished affair, with top notch performances all round, and magnificent camerawork and editing, it's also acutely aware of how class, money and sex shape desire and resentment.

    June 24, 2006 | Full Review…

    Geoff Andrew

    Time Out
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Audience Reviews for The Talented Mr. Ripley

  • Apr 21, 2017
    An oddball thriller that turns up the heat pretty quickly with a game changing plot twist an hour in. Matt Damon plays a perfectly creepy young man, Tom Ripley, who wants nothing more than to have a life full of friends. He quickly forms an obsession over Dickie Greenleaf (played by Jude Law) whom he was sent to Italy to bring back to the U.S., but things go awry when Tom takes things too far. The tone of the film changes from fun and playful to grim and violent very quickly. It's a mildly interesting crime driven character study taking place in a beautiful location: Italy. See it for the performances and visuals.
    Kevin M Super Reviewer
  • Jul 28, 2014
    The film is always on the verge of becoming your typical art-house psycho-sexual thriller, complete with exotic European locals, sexy sad rich people, homosexuals, opulence, obvious symbolism with mirrors, psychopathy, and, of course, murder. The film is elevated by Damon's captivating performance and, despite the silliness, I enjoy the twisty plot.
    Alec B Super Reviewer
  • Mar 19, 2014
    Compelling, dark, shocking, and fascinating, The Talented Mr. Ripley is expertly constructed and features exceptional acting, writing, and a thrilling narrative.
    Matthew Samuel M Super Reviewer
  • Jan 19, 2014
    A dive into the mind of a frustrated arriviste and the violent and cunning methods he uses to fulfill his social and affective yearnings. Subtle, suspenseful and fascinating character study.
    Pierluigi P Super Reviewer

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