The Matador (2005) Synopsis
A hitman teams up with a normal American joe.
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Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
Brosnan redefines "hit man" in the best performance of his career, and Kinnear plays with, and against, his image as a regular kinda guy.
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USA Today

By Claudia Puig
Pierce Brosnan is the anti-Bond in The Matador. And though he's anything but suave, sophisticated or debonair, he's a joy to behold.
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New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
It is no small compliment to Pierce Brosnan to say that his performance in writer-director Richard Shephard's goofy black comedy The...
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Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Writer-director Richard Shepard gives Brosnan his meatiest role ever, and he digs in with relish.
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Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
The cinematography is consistently hipster handsome, the script is bracing in its lewdness, and Brosnan adds no unnecessary weight to...
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
Brazenly enjoyable, The Matador is a picaresque cocktail with a Tarantino twist. It is The Odd Couple with a buzz on.
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The Hollywood Reporter

By Kirk Honeycutt
The Matador gets a 151-proof tequila shot of sharp comedy from the droll byplay between Pierce Brosnan and Greg Kinnear.
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Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
The Matador has its dull patches, one of which is relieved by Hope Davis's endearing presence as Danny's wife. But what fun it is to watch...
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Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
Shepard's Matador demonstrates what an Almodovar picture would feel like without his gonzo sensibility. It's Almodovar for heterosexuals.
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
Strives for an airy, merry amorality, but it never quite achieves liftoff, though at times it comes close.
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Really good!

By Chowda
I don't remember this film being at the theater... This was a good movie. Pierce Brosnan plays a bad guy pretty well. At the end of the movie I wanted more!...

The Matador (2005) review

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Rated R | For strong sexual content and language