80

Empire

Considering the ignominy of its path to British cinemas, it’s hard not to approach the film with caution, but after a few minutes in the company of an unusually low-key but typically world-weary Al Pacino, it begins to win you over, dragging you deeper into the sleazy political underworld it describes.
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75

Christian Science Monitor

By David Sterritt
Pacino's performance in People I Know is the best thing he's done in ages.
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75

New York Post

By Lou Lumenick
Nasty but compulsively watchable.
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63

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Rick Groen
In the midst of material that's dusty and dated, People I Know somehow feels apocalyptic. How is this possible? Easy: When America's liberal conscience is in the sole care of a publicist, you just know the world's going to hell in a handbasket.
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63

USA Today

By Mike Clark
It won't be a waste of time to watch these people — on cable, and probably not too far in the future.
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58

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
As it is, the story collapses like a bad tip to Liz Smith. Still, there's something brash, retro, and even stupidly touching about all the chatty mania, and the way Baitz and Pacino get off on paranoia, conspiracy theories, and the lure of 1960s idealism.
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50

New York Daily News

By Jami Bernard
It was filmed in and around the World Trade Center, and the subsequent cuts, reshoots and sleights of hand designed to obscure that fact prove devastating.
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50

San Francisco Chronicle

By Ruthe Stein
Becomes tiresome.
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30

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
Not a pretty sight, any of it.
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25

Premiere

By Glenn Kenny
Smushes together “The Bonfire of the Vanities” (the novel, that is), “True Believer,” and “Eyes Wide Shut,” only it does so without being nearly as good as any of the aforementioned.
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53 out of 100
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