75

San Francisco Chronicle

Has a wicked sense of humor.
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75

ReelViews

By James Berardinelli
This is not Schrader's finest work. The script is not tight, the ending disappoints, and there's a little too much drawn from "American Gigolo." But there are some great one-liners, compelling actors, and well-developed characters.
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75

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
A quietly enthralling film because it contains the murder and the investigation within Carter's smooth calm.
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63

New York Post

By Lou Lumenick
Harrelson's charming flamboyance - seen to great effect in "No Country for Old Men" - is a great fit for Carter, who carries no small amount of self-loathing under his carefully coifed toupee.
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63

TV Guide

By Maitland McDonagh
Though ultimately flawed, the film's depiction of velvet-gloved cruelty and matter-of-fact betrayal is surprisingly potent, and it's pure pleasure to watch Bacall prowling the corridors of power, tossing her golden mane and tossing off world-weary observations in a voice pitched somewhere between a purr and a growl.
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63

New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
Schrader's main interest is not in the mystery, per se, but in the political intrigue of incestuous Washington, where conflicts of interest are the norm and morality is indeed relative. The points are well-taken, but Harrelson's performance often gets in their way.
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60

The Hollywood Reporter

By Kirk Honeycutt
While it can be labeled a thriller or a murder mystery, the film is talky, unhurried, contains little action and shows more interest in how characters think and behave than in its plot.
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58

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
The brittle, very ''written'' catty quips meant to characterize Washington hypocrisy sound perfunctory; the story of an aging, self-hating homosexual who goes home alone to his lacquered town house feels ancient as well as uncomfortable for the writer-director. (Harrelson seems both game and ill at ease.)
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50

Portland Oregonian

By Marc Mohan
While it's hard to dismiss his intention or effort, Harrelson's one-note performance sinks the film.
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40

Austin Chronicle

Guilty of the most mortal of all movie sins: It's dull.
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55 out of 100
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