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Director David Fincher followed the success of his dark and atmospheric crime thriller Seven (1995) with another exercise in stylish film noir, this time lifting the pallid atmosphere a notch to indulge in a fast-paced trip through the cinematic funhouse. Michael Douglas plays Nicholas Van Orton, a Scrooge-like San Francisco investment banker following in his father's Scrooge-like footsteps. On Nicholas's 48th birthday (the age at which his father committed suicide), his younger, free-spirited brother Conrad (Sean Penn) blows into town and gives Nicholas a special gift for "the… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 71%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"This 1997 thriller is fairly entertaining nonsense if all you're looking for is 128 minutes of diversion. But if you'd like something more from David Fincher, the director of Seven, don't get your hopes up."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"The picture provides Douglas with one of his best roles. If he doesn't quite reach the bizarre heights he achieved in Falling Down, The Game makes its own demands."
‑ Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
"[N]ifty filmic style and crackpot sensibility."
‑ Matthew Sorrento, Film International
"Sure, it strains credulity, but it's clever, well-paced and builds to a spectacular -- if not altogether satisfying -- conclusion."
‑ Maitland McDonagh, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"A solid original screenplay -- one of the best out of Hollywood this year."
‑ Robin Clifford, Reeling Reviews
"Regardless of how far one chooses to buy into The Game -- and the ending ambiguously suggests that it could go on and on -- there is no doubt as to Fincher's staggering expertise as a director and his almost clinical sense of precision."
‑ Todd McCarthy, Variety
"As it's unspooling on screen, the film is hugely entertaining, but there are several significant plot holes that grow wider the more closely they're investigated."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"Well-written, expertly paced, and undeniably riveting, The Game is perhaps most impressive in the way it strips down the Nicholas Van Orton character. The whole process is very layered and each layer breaks down Nicholas even more than the last."
‑ Chris Sawin,
"Good looking, tightly controlled thriller. An exhilarating ride that prepares the ground for Fight Club."
‑ , Film4
"The Game is one of those films that requires the viewer to suspend his disbelief to a great extent, but offers pretty good entertainment in return for that effort."
‑ Robert Roten, Laramie Movie Scope
"The film's 'message' about complacency transformed by chaos and uncertainty is hackneyed..."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"Fincher is still working on the assumption that he has better things to do than entertain an audience. Which would be fine if he weren't drawn to such schlocky material."
‑ Charles Taylor,
"This is one of those movies that's so tightly written and densely plotted, it leaves no room for error -- or viewer queries. Unfortunately, the questions will start flying even before the picture's over."
‑ Matt Brunson, Creative Loafing
""The Game" is a thrilling end run of deception in which a master manipulator is masterfully manipulated."
‑ Phil Villarreal, Arizona Daily Star
"The Game is something more than a stylish thriller, though it dishes up style and thrills in abundance."
‑ Margaret A. McGurk, Cincinnati Enquirer
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