The Grifters
The Grifters (1990)

The Grifterssuperbly directed by Stephen Frears, beautifully adapted by Donald E. Westlake from a novel by Jim Thompson is a superlative, psychological drama and one of the finest film noir of the decade. In contemporary Los Angeles, Roy… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: June 30, 1998
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Critic Score: 90% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine

Best to savor The Grifters for its handsome design -- the picture looks as clean as a Hockney landscape -- and its juicy performances.

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Stephen Garrett
Time Out

Donald Westlake's excellent screenplay does some justice to the starkness of Jim Thompson's novel; and Frears' direction never fails to grab the attention.

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Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com

[VIDEO] Although the movie recalls films by the Coen Brothers or the Dahl Brothers, "The Grifters" retains its source material's voice in a thoroughly original way. Here's a neo-noir you can never see too many times.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

A mannerist thriller that doesn't begin to work despite the number of talented hands involved.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

The Grifters is so good that one leaves the theater on a spellbound high.

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Film4

A darkly cynical and uncompromising gem.

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Variety Staff
Variety

Cusack underplays Roy, making him an unbelievable wiseguy, a colorless cipher too akin to the saps he loves to fleece.

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Hal Hinson
Washington Post

It seduces you into believing it's merely a cheeky trifle, and then, when you least expect it, lowers the boom.

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Steve Crum
Video-Reviewmaster.com

Clever writing and fine cast make this tale of thieves among us fun to watch.

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Flixster Audience Score: 71% Flixster User Reviews
Daniel Perry
A forgettable outing from one of my favourite directors, unfortunately. Annette Bening is a sparkplug, Angelica Huston is electric, and the final act is a… More
Pierluigi Puccini
Unjustifiably forgotten new classic. A striking and quirky neo noir with a superb triad of criminals blinded by greed. Terrific score by Elmer Bernstein.
Jennifer Xu
This is my semi-strange parallel: I see this film as a depraved, con man version of My Cousin Vinny. It's regional, it's tricky, and it's female… More
William Sleet
It's dated slightly over the years but the performances are still astonishing "the lady or the loot?"
♥Robyn M♥
ok first of all..for those who don't know what a grifter is, its when a person manipulates another individual to give them money leaving you high and dry.… More
jay nixon
Angelica Huston is gloriously hard as nails in this superior film.