• 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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  • Wilson

    ★★★½ Rewatched by Wilson 26 Oct, 2014

    The Grifters is a film blessed with two sublime female performances. Anjelica Huston and Annette Bening are absolutely superb. They are easily the best aspect of the film and light up every scene, the decision to make them almost mirror images just underlines the combined brilliance. Unfortunately, The Grifters was not helmed by a director who had quite the right grasp of tone to adapt the ice-cold Jim Thompson novel of the same name. I am a huge fan of…

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  • alphonse

    ★★★½ Watched by alphonse 19 Oct, 2014 2

    The Grifters is a neo-noir film directed by Stephen Frears and produced by Martin Scorsese that tells the story of Roy Dillon, a con man who's stuggling to balance his relationship with his girlfriend and with his mother, who hate each other. It's a very fresh take on the 'con artist' genre (if that exists) because Stephen Frears' film never gets dull and the director provides us a well told story, compelling dialogue and likeable characters.

    Stephen Frears' film has…

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  • Joe DiCanio

    ★★ Watched by Joe DiCanio 02 Mar, 2014

    Rating: C-

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  • Bill Shannon

    ★★★★½ Added by Bill Shannon

    A magnificent modern noir tale about the complex dynamics between three confidence tricksters: a hardened pro, her small-time son, and a seductive temptress looking for One Last Score.

    Huston, Cusack and Bening are all terrific and turn what could have been a detached paint-by-numbers noir film into something exciting and tense. Add an incestuous subtext and unexpected twists and turns, and you've got the gold standard of '90s noir. The scams are a lot of fun, and the characters delightfully sleazy.

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  • Brakywaki

    ★★★½ Added by Brakywaki

    I love when great actors get together and do their great acting thing, but holy hell that ending is the cinematic equivalent of someone shitting on your coffee table during an otherwise rather enjoyable party.

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