The good book says that this is Scorsese in workman mode, building B.O. cred for Last Temptation of Christ. Yes, it's frivolous, even with the big themes it flirts with, but the dialogue crackles, and the tag team of Ballhaus/Schoonmaker ensure it's never boring to look at. Newman is great—he could do this in his sleep—even if that means Cruise looks painful next to him. When naysayers trash it, they're hustling you.
Wäre The Color Of Money nicht von Martin Scorsese, hätte ich ihn vermutlich anders betrachtet. So erwartete ich nichts weniger als einen aufregenden und aussergewöhnlichen Film. The Color Of Money ist weder aussergewöhnlich, noch besonders aufregend... mehr auf cinegeek.de
Scorsese's worst. It's not one of the worst films ever but it's certainly one of the most pointless. Well, except to get Newman an Oscar. Only 1 star for Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio and that's it. Worst ending ever, seriously what the fuck was accomplished in the entirety of this 2 hour trainwreck. Even as a massive fan of Scorsese, I urge everyone to avoid this at all cost and revisit Rossen's masterpiece instead.
The allusions to Eddie becoming Bert seem forestalled by the necessity(?) of making Newman's character likeable, though his corruption of Vincent (itself a bit obfuscated by the structure), and his (and the film's) callousness toward that make it almost worth being sequel (almost adding to the original), but probably worth a watch as a standalone picture/story (almost a great one). Overall, it is a movie of almosts.
The Hustler is an incredible film and after watching The Color of Money, you not only appreciate it more but realize how unnecessary Color really is. The acting is pretty strong but it is very obvious that Scorsese's heart is not in this material, I believe he admitted to doing it to help fund The Last Temptation of Christ and it is quite obvious, if so. Also, one of the worst endings I have seen in some time.