100

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
The pleasure of this unique film comes in watching superb actors dine on Mamet's pungent language like the feast it is.
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100

Chicago Reader

By Jonathan Rosenbaum
All-expert cast.
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100

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
The movie version, directed with unobtrusive precision by James Foley, stays amazingly true to the play's feisty spirit.
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100

The New York Times

By Vincent Canby
The reason the film prompts laughter, and finally elation, is not because it's jolly or has any feel-good words to live by. It's because of the utterly demonic skill with which these foulmouthed characters carve one another up in futile attempts to stave off disaster.
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90

The A.V. Club

By Noel Murray
Gets most of its legs from the acting and the dialogue, which has such a rhythmic grace that scenes from the movie can be played and replayed with no loss of thump.
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88

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
Mamet's dialogue has a kind of logic, a cadence, that allows people to arrive in triumph at the ends of sentences we could not possibly have imagined. There is great energy in it. You can see the joy with which these actors get their teeth into these great lines.
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80

TV Guide

A searing showcase for a remarkable ensemble cast.
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80

Washington Post

By Rita Kempley
All the performances are exceptional.
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75

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

It's blackly comic - though the humour creeps up on you slowly, and you're seldom sure if you should really be laughing.
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50

Austin Chronicle

Interesting to watch like well-performed gymnastics but it never really connects.
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80 out of 100
Universal acclaim
Metascore® based on all critic reviews. Scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.