• CitizenErased_

    ★★★★★ Watched by CitizenErased_ 02 May, 2016 1

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    rating 5/5 for the part where Annette dies LOLOL

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  • EvanstonDad

    ★★★★½ Added by EvanstonDad

    A devilish, twisted modern day noir with style to spare.

    Director Stephen Frears handles the morbid material expertly -- it walks a razor thin line between dark comedy and "too disturbing to enjoy." John Cusack plays the con-man at the film's center, torn between the affections of his mother and his lover. Anjelica Huston and Annette Bening, playing the two women, tear up the screen. Both of them are like femmes fatale who wandered out of the 1940s and ended up here. We can be grateful that they got lost.

    A good, good movie.

    Grade: A

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  • Alexander Boucher

    ★★★★ Watched by Alexander Boucher 08 Apr, 2016

    The Grifters? More like The Gifters, because this film was a gift! To myself! And how about that Cusack, huh? More like Cusick, because he gets very sick in a part of this film. Annette Benning huh? More like Annette Banging, because she does a lot of banging in this movie. Anjelica Huston, well, why don't we change her name to AnjeLIEca Huston because her character tells many a porky pie in this film. What a ride!

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  • Gramercy Riff

    ★★★½ Watched by Gramercy Riff 04 Apr, 2016

    Tricks and cons with mom, her son and his girlfriend, all grifters with their own set of skills, scamming their way through life. Anjelica Huston rips off her mob boss (that's a mistake), John Cusack does the petty stuff and Annette Bening doesn't mind using her body to get what she wants. When they get together by accident, an explosive threesome arises. A bit of a strange film that, for a large part, feels quite cold. The music suggests something…

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  • yndprod

    ★★★★ Rewatched by yndprod 26 Mar, 2016

    Remember feeling like Cusack was underrated when this came out and all the attention was going to Huston and Bening. I no longer feel that way. 

    Still, so much great Jim Thompson dime novel attitude and a terrific script by Westlake. Comfort cinema for us neo-noir fans. Always makes me wanna write an adaptation of my fave Thompson book. Someday...

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  • mnemtsov

    ★★½ Watched by mnemtsov 06 Mar, 2016

    Never comes together completely. The first hour is strung out and not effective at building tension or engaging us with the characters. Cusack is the weakest member of the three, Roy Dillon is supposed to be the weakest and the most two bit, but it never quite comes across the way its intended. Annette Benning is effective and quite sexy in the movie and Anjelica Huston's role is tailor made for her style.

    Overall the criminal intrigue and plot strands never land as effectively as the film wishes.

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  • Bob

    ★★★ Watched by Bob 19 Feb, 2016

    The Grifters is a con-artist film starring mother Anjelica Huston, son John Cusack, and his girlfriend Annette Bening.

    The movie starts by showing Huston and Cusack at work in their respective cons. Huston works for a bookie to manipulate horse-racing odds, while Cusack uses slight of hand to swindle people of their cash. Eventually, the estranged Huston and Cusack are brought together when Cusack ends up in the hospital. There, Huston and Bening meet one another and instantly dislike each…

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  • Joe

    ★★★½ Rewatched by Joe 22 Feb, 2016

    A good film of a great, nasty story, hampered only by relatively unimaginative direction. If only somebody with some real visual flair had taken this on we wouldn't merely look back on it fondly as a solid neo-noir, we'd look back on it as the DEFINITIVE neo-noir.

    Alas...

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  • Adamcullen

    ★★★★ Watched by Adamcullen 20 Feb, 2016

    Enjoyable neo-noir with outstanding performances by the three leads

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  • GrimRabbit

    ★★★ Added by GrimRabbit

    Rather than watch the Super Bowl, which by all accounts was a tedious affair, I had a look at a film I have wanted to see for a while. Based on Jim Thompson's book of the same name, The Grifters tells the tale of three interconnected con artists. Starring John Cusack, Annette Bening and Anjelica Huston, this tale is at times funny and light hearted and at others, very down beat. I think this summarizes my problems with the movie,…

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  • BiblicalZombie

    ★★★½ Watched by BiblicalZombie 26 Jan, 2016

    It's a drama with the coating of a slick comedy, like if Grosse Point Blank wasn't total rubbish and was a drama instead.

    John Cusack's acting isn't up to scratch, but never mind Angelica Huston makes it up. How different would this film have been if Scorsese had directed it? Better? Probably After Hours with con artists. That would be a great thing. This is Frears' immitation of that.

    Stephen Frears did a good job directing, but it's not as…

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  • Jack Paterson

    ★★★★ Added by Jack Paterson

    A quick, fun neo-noir. With a few surprises, some classic dialogue and terriffic characters, it's a lot of fun. The strength is with the two leading ladies who were both nominated for Best Actress and Supporting Actress, although Anette Benning is the one with the stellar performance of the two. Anjelica Huston's performance feels like a bit of a Maerose Prizzi rehash, but still has flair. Both are fantastic Femme Fatales while Cusack's role could've been played by anyone else, though it's not for lack of trying.

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