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  1. FISCHER's rating of the film The Grifters

    Un excellent Frears qui nous laisse pourtant sur sa faim / fin... www.cinefiches.com

  2. Log Lady's rating of the film The Grifters

    No offence to John Cusack, but I can't take him seriously in a neo-noir. It's not entirely his fault, though, because the characters seem overall a bit off (and whoever was responsible for the hairstyling... Yikes). What's worse is that this doesn't seem at all like a Jim Thompson story. The changes aren't huge, but they're enough to make the whole film seem mediocre at best, and the ending was completely botched.

  3. Kai-Erik Jensen's rating of the film The Grifters

    Entertaining, but forgettable and does not age well. Ending has shock value and some meaning but the payoff doesn't feel as intended.

  4. Nick Potter's rating of the film The Grifters

    Frears' film has a lot of tension and well-done noir tropes, and Huston really is superb throughout. Cusack and Bening aren't doing career-defining work here, but they help push the film further.

  5. Monkey Flix's rating of the film The Grifters

    Dang! Life sucks as a grifter. Stay in school, kids!

  6. David R Williams's rating of the film The Grifters

  7. David Richards's rating of the film The Grifters

    One of the best neo-noirs. Anjelica Houston is terrific and it has a great score by Elmer Bernstein. Reminded me not of Jim Thomson, but rather Ernest Seton Thompson and his stories about animals, in particular the lives of solitary predators. Uncompromising in its bleak vision.

  8. Joe Pryweller's rating of the film The Grifters

    Sadly, they don't make movies like this anymore. A film noir gen written by Jim Thompson (who also wrote the The Getaway), it features sharp dialogue, crackling characters whom you never know are conning or being conned, and unexpected twists that, in noir tradition, lead to no good end for anyone. A simply told, unvarnished movie about greed and entrapment, embodied by Huston's caged animal of a character.

  9. Adam M's rating of the film The Grifters

  10. nessmj's rating of the film The Grifters

    interesting modern take on noir, overall falling flat. john cusack manages to give a dry delivery in a film that features, what should be, a fairly riveting plot.

  11. corycorycorycory's rating of the film The Grifters

    3.5 My problem with this flick is that it's a little TOO on the "b-movie, campy noir." It leaves the performances a little too soulless. The story, twists and timing are above par, making it a fun watch.

  12. brick_bro's rating of the film The Grifters

    Very bleak but also enthralling, with a slew of complex characters in a tense and cut-throat game of wits.

  13. Ben Loory's rating of the film The Grifters

    not a very good movie-- virtually every line of dialogue is delivered unconvincingly-- but i love that guy running across the street in the last shot

  14. LK's rating of the film The Grifters

    Left wondering what on earth I'd just watched, so I went to Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Grifters_(film): "The British filmmaker was drawn to Thompson's "tough and very stylistic" writing and described it, "as if pulp fiction meets Greek tragedy"." Ahhh, that makes more sense then.

  15. Ethan's rating of the film The Grifters

    This is one sleazy movie, with some great performances from Cusack, Huston, and Benning.

  16. Wee Hunk's rating of the film The Grifters

    I remember two things about this film. I didn't buy Cusack as a grifter, and realizing that these vampires live amongst us.

  17. Howard Fritzson's rating of the film The Grifters

    It's a good modern noir. The performances by everyone in the cast are sharply etched. Nice score. But, it doesn't quite have that narrative pull.

  18. L'immoralistee's rating of the film The Grifters

  19. Aaken's rating of the film The Grifters

    Anjelica Huston was a modern Barbara Stanwick (circa Double Indemnity) in this film. And the music still plays in my head, more than 25 years after I saw the film...

  20. Mtume Gant's rating of the film The Grifters

    EXCELLENT picture. Maybe Frears best. Houston and Cusack are strong but the real winner is Bening who gives one of the best Supporting performances of the 90's. This is genre film done RIGHT.

  21. El Biffo's rating of the film The Grifters

    Angelica Huston is really great at playing a lousy mom. 3.5

  22. Edward Copeland's rating of the film The Grifters

    A solid acting triumvirate hits the jackpot in Stephen Frears' film, powered by a great Elmer Bernstein score, that only gets better with age. http://eddieonfilm.blogspot.com/2009/12/person-who-dont-look-out-for-himself-is.html

  23. Nathan Demers's rating of the film The Grifters

  24. There Will Be Josh Schasny's rating of the film The Grifters

    Wasn't impressed with this one. Not hard to follow, but hard to pay attention to while watching it. The script was well written, but the film itself and the performances were somewhat lacking.

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