The Matador
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A chance meeting between two middle-aged men leads one into a life of crime in this offbeat comedy. Danny Wright (Greg Kinnear) is an American businessman whose life has been going through a sour patch after he and his wife, Carolyn (Hope Davis), lost their young son. During a business trip to Mexico City, Danny strikes up a conversation in a hotel bar with fellow out-of-towner Julian Noble (Pierce Brosnan), and while Julian's loud and brassy manner initially puts Danny off, in time the two become friends, and Julian feels comfortable enough with Danny to tell him what he does for a… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 74%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Brosnan's irreverent charm makes this a welcome alternative to Bond nonsense, even if it's insufficient to compensate for dreary Kinnear ..."
‑ Ben Walters, Time Out New York
"Let the good times roll, and take a run at The Matador."
‑ Bill Muller, Arizona Republic
"Absurd and quirky at times, The Matador plays like a "Bizarro World" variation of a James Bond film. It's beautifully shot, strange and deeply meaningful."
‑ R. L. Shaffer, IGN DVD
"...a hip and hilarious dark comedy."
‑ Brandon Fibbs,
"Get past the stunt casting, and The Matador has very little to offer, despite all the hubbub surrounding it."
‑ Daniel Eagan, Film Journal International
"... a dark comedy that is missing the laughs to be funny and the darkness to be, well, dark."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"It's painful to watch as the movie basically destroys itself in the second half, slipping from its elegant thriller setup to tired sitcom shenanigans."
‑ Peter Debruge, Miami Herald
"Brosnan's sleazy, broken-spirited hitman Julian Noble nabs the spotlight in Richard Shepard's generally pleasing comic thriller."
‑ Jay Antani, Cinema Writer
"Brosnan's work as a monster who'd like to become human, but has no idea how, is painfully funny."
‑ Rob Gonsalves,
"Nice characters and situations: unfortunately, writer-director Richard Shephard didn't have much idea where to go with them."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
"Never as good as you'd hoped or as bad as you'd feared, The Matador is one of those of up-and-down experiences."
‑ Rick Groen, Globe and Mail
"The destination isn't much to get excited about, but you're in good company along the way."
‑ Scott Von Doviak, Fort Worth Star-Telegram/
"With great performances, including a scene stealing show stopper from Brosnan, and tight direction, this is a great crises of conscience tale."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"A chemistry-free buddy flick."
‑ Kam Williams, Upstage Magazine
"But the gold star here goes to Brosnan. His performance digs deep into Julian's soul and it is that depth that makes the performance stand out."
‑ Michael A. Smith, Nolan's Pop Culture Review
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