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Old rivalries lead to new betrayals in this Sam Shepard drama with comic undertones. Vinnie (Nick Nolte) and Carter (Jeff Bridges) have known each other for years, but their relationship has grown less than cordial. Many years ago, the two men, along with Vinnie's girlfriend Rosie (Sharon Stone), were making good money in a con game at a racetrack until Simms (Albert Finney), the local racing official, got wind of their ruse. Vinnie and Carter hatched a blackmail scheme that ended Simms' career and ruined his life. Years later, Vinnie is an alcoholic low-life who still makes a living… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 25%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Another example of when bad movies happen to good actors."
‑ Eleanor Ringel Gillespie, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"Improbabilities and all, Simpatico still boasts wonderful scenes and a cast that is truly superb."
‑ Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune
"Nolte and Bridges have too much talent to play their uninspired characters."
‑ Jeffrey Westhoff, Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
"Powerhouse performances can't save sloppy Simpatico from the glue factory."
‑ Rob Blackwelder, SPLICEDWire
"It proves only intermittently engaging as its twisted plot loses energy and becomes confusing in the latter half."
‑ Jean Oppenheimer, New Times
"A movie hobbled by unwieldy visual ideas."
‑ Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly
"With the cast and the pulpy neo-noir storyline, one would never suspect that the film is the crushing bore that it is."
‑ Michael Dequina,
"The film might as well be called Stagnant, because precious little of emotional consequence for the audience happens."
‑ Brent Simon, Entertainment Today
"Despite a dream cast and an interesting neo-noir setup, his film races straight into tedium."
‑ Matt Reichl,
"This deadly slow, boring, overwrought, silly and stilted melodrama is so awful you ask, 'Why did anyone think this was worth making?'"
‑ Tom Sander, South Florida Sun-Sentinel
"Stone doesn't show up until the film is half over and seems to be trying rather hard to make up for the lost time."
‑ Jeff Millar, Houston Chronicle
"This is an engaging movie, which shows its theatrical origins, both positively and negatively."
‑ Amber Wilkinson, Eye for Film
"Nolte and Bridges are naturals together."
‑ Chuck Rudolph, Matinee Magazine
"Though British director Matthew Warchus gets quality work from his A-list cast members, their contributions cannot redeem the hackneyed and obvious material."
‑ , IFilm
"Ultimately the film, like the story, is enigmatic and messy and circles in on itself until there is nowhere to go."
‑ Paula Nechak, Seattle Post-Intelligencer
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