• Travis Lytle

    ★★★ Rewatched by Travis Lytle 23 Feb, 2015 2

    Stephen Frears' "The Grifters" is a competent con-person drama that blends touches of light, dark, crime, and family politics. It is an engaging piece of work that is at its best when Frears focuses on his characters' criminal streaks but becomes slightly sodden when their interactions with one another take center stage.

    At times, "The Grifters" is a jazzy crime drama where criminal machinations and the long and short grifts of its characters are capably entertaining. When the film's narrative…

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  • Cappie Chamberlain

    ★★★½ Watched by Cappie Chamberlain 28 Feb, 2015

    Frears, Cusack, Huston, Benning. Names I associate with lighter entertainment. All of which are involved in a film about grifting. You'd expect The Grifters to follow suit and be a light, fun romp about stealing and deception.

    Nope. Big fucking nope. The Grifters is a dark and grim neo-noir that is breathlessly relentless in trying to pull a bag over your head and sock you in the face. It has an non-traditional narrative structure, it refuses to hold your hand…

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  • disinvite

    ★★★ Watched by disinvite 02 Feb, 2015

    Not much to say about this one, but it’s a neat little movie. The performances felt a little off to me: Huston is solid, Bening is okay if a little one-note, and Cusack is a total flatline as he always is. Perhaps that’s because the movie was trying to capture that film noir feel, but it didn’t quite make it for me. I will say that the zaniness did remind me of early Coen brothers, but watered down to be sure. The Grifters was enjoyable, but outside of some brief scenes of suspense, it didn’t really pull me in.

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  • Stelios

    ★★★½ Watched by Stelios 14 Feb, 2015

    Μαθήματα film-noir από τον Stephen Frears και υποκριτικής από την θαυμάσια Anjelica Huston!

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  • Billy Cahill

    ★★★★½ Watched by Billy Cahill 13 Feb, 2015

    Cryptic delight, amongst con-films it stands above

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  • mrza

    ★★★½ Watched by mrza 25 Jan, 2015

    Oh yes.

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  • hydra815

    ★★★½ Added by hydra815

    Films about con artists may be a genre all of their own. They fuse elements of noir and mystery together whilst almost always maintaining a romantic bloodline and have a habit of keeping their audience on their toes as any film about the long-con will inevitably be in the market to make a fool of their audience. This approach has both succeeded (House of Games, The Prestige, F for Fake) and failed (American Hustle, Heartbreakers) but ultimately audiences are drawn…

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  • No-Personality

    ★★★½ Watched by No-Personality 18 Jan, 2015

    This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    #36 in my 99 90's Movies month.

    Well... I was expecting something but I sure wasn't expecting this. I thought for sure this would be about how successfully each of the Grifters would play each other. Maybe one of them had a grand loot and thems would be the stakes and the others would try to swindle it. But, these are some pretty desperate people. And it seems the only real scheme to follow are the deaths. I mean, I…

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  • jonbonraki

    ★★★½ Watched by jonbonraki 21 Nov, 2014

    NOIR NOVEMBER 27

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  • lobsta

    ★★★½ Watched by lobsta 21 Nov, 2014

    Noir-vember #19

    There's a lot to like about The Grifters, the story runs along never boring and characters are as diverse as they are colourful. I really like the beginning in particular with the establishment of the characters and the 'rules' of grifting. Anjelica Huston and Annette Bening as others have mentioned are the strongest elements of the film where despite their intentional similarities they are as interesting and distinct as can be. The early beginnings had a Soldeberghs oceans…

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  • Francisco Rosa

    ★★★★ Rewatched by Francisco Rosa 08 Nov, 2014

    Certainly one of my favourite neo-noirs, The grifters is not only a mix of many elements that make for great Noir, but also throws in a (un)healthy dose of oedipus complex for good measure. Solid performances by all, especially the two female leads who sizzle on screen. Almost 25 years since it's release, The Grifters stands the test of time.

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  • Aaron

    ★★★★★ Added by Aaron 11

    Part of Noir-November

    “You wouldn’t do that.” “You don’t know what I’d do—you have no idea—to live.”

    The word “grift” originated in the early twentieth century as an amalgam of “graft” and “drift,” a way to describe those itinerant conmen who followed the era's traveling circuses and sideshows swindling folks out of a buck or two. It’s a perfect word, really—descriptive and textured, with hints of both hard work and dishonesty, a combination of attraction and repulsion that any con…

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