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James Foley directs the slick crime caper Confidence, written by first-time screenwriter Doug Jung. Told in flashback, smooth-talking con man Jake Vig (Edward Burns) relates an elaborate scheme orchestrated by his gang :Gordo (Paul Giamatti), Miles (Brian Van Holt), and Big Al (Louis Lombardi). The crew pulls off a swindling job stealing money from a guy named Lionel (Leland Orser), who turns out to be a mob accountant for the crazy crime boss known as the King (Dustin Hoffman). After the damage has been done, Jake and his crew attempt to pull off an even bigger scam to make up for their… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 70%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Overplotted, overcontrived, overshot and overedited."
‑ Rex Reed, New York Observer
"What it shares with most of its predecessors is a sterling cast, in this instance almost entirely male, and the willingness of several talented performers to play against type, with entertainingly comic effect."
‑ Andrew Sarris, New York Observer
"Con man meets the mob. Violent, grown-up tale."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"While it sometimes fails to live up to its title, Confidence ultimately, wins us over-in short, it dazzlingly does what all good cons are supposed to do."
‑ Jay Antani, Los Angeles Alternative
"Garcia, who plays the least glamorous role of his life, does the best job of thieving each scene he's in."
‑ Charlie Brown,
"This is a one sweet sexy sting of a movie."
‑ Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"... Confidence does suffer a bit from some plot devices that haven't been original since The Sting, but it's a top-notch character study and a fun exercise in style."
‑ Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper
"I was entertained, but hardly stunned."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"Misses the first rule of whodunnit filmmaking and never recovers; if you fool me once, you have to at least give me a reason to care that I've been fooled."
‑ Oz,
"Podemos até admirar a engenhosidade do tal 'golpe perfeito', mas não nos importamos muito com seus resultados."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"Identity is suicidally insecure."
‑ David Edelstein, Slate
"Surely there is something wrong with a movie that is supposed to make you go Wow! yet instead provokes a great big Huh?"
‑ Peter Rainer, New York Magazine
"Jammed with double and triple-crosses that make Doug Jung's confusing screenplay secondary to the film's overall look."
‑ Steve Crum, Kansas City Kansan
"...the performances elevate a standard con game plot."
‑ Lori Hoffman, Atlantic City Weekly
"certainly rivals con-film king Mamet for the choppy, colloquial crispness of its dialogue, but lacks something of the intricacy of Mamet's plotting."
‑ Anton Bitel, Movie Gazette
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