Rotten Tomatoes Score: 95%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"...another bittersweet comedy commentary on contemporary US mores."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Mr. Wilder's last film and a comedy of unrelieved vulgarity, but it has style and taste."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"Though not top-notch Billy Wilder, this cynical satire about an unscrupulous lawyer and a TV cameraman benefits from good acting by Walter Matthau and Jack Lemmon in their first screen teaming."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"It's [the] performances that make The Fortune Cookie worth checking out, because the story itself isn't terribly interesting."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"Wildly funny in spots..."
‑ Don Druker, Chicago Reader
"A very funny film, this morality tale is a deft mixture of cynicism, wit and idealism as only writer-director Wilder could do it."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Good, but probably Wilder's most overrated film."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"Matthau is smooth, and a great physical comic."
‑ Kurt Dahlke, Apollo Guide
"The friction between the laughs and the cynicism generates more heat than most Hollywood comedies even aim at..."
‑ , Time Out
"Saddled with a thin story."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"The trio would move on to better things, but the comic chemistry was tangible from the start."
‑ , Film4
"The banter between Lemmon and Matthau is, as always, priceless."
‑ Christopher Null,
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