The Grifters Synopsis
A con man (John Cusack) makes a no-win triangle with his mom (Anjelica Huston) and his girlfriend.
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100

Wall Street Journal

By Julie Salamon
Mr. Frears is as good with the small touches as he is with the big ones – and that means they're great. [24 Jan 1991, p.A8(E)]
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100

San Francisco Chronicle

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[Frears] has not only captured the bleak qualities of the old film noir melodramas but supplied an undercurrent that is as sly as it is...
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100

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
The movie is pulp, yet it attains a surprising emotional power-especially when Anjelica Huston's Lilly, a survivor who'll do whatever it...
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100

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
The performances are all insidiously powerful.
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88

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Rick Groen
Indeed, as the film unreels to its extraordinary climax - a scene that will make your skin crawl - Frears has the larger target right in...
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88

Chicago Tribune

By Gene Siskel
Huston gives one of her very best performances as a strong lady who can con almost everyone but herself. Her manner on the screen in this...
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80

TV Guide

Westlake's screenplay has the right combination of vivid characters, mordant wit and avaricious savagery which distinguishes the best noir.
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75

Christian Science Monitor

By David Sterritt
It's a picture marked by competence, not the boiling-over intensity that Frears and Thompson fans have anticipated. [30 Nov 1990]
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63

USA Today

By Mike Clark
More than anything, The Grifters isn't dramatically shot; black-and-white would have made a huge difference. [5 Dec 1990]
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60

Empire

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The simmering implication of incestuous emotions between Lili and Roy, leading to the shocking denouement, is badly underdeveloped and...
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