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: 76%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"... 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
"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
"Brosnan's work as a monster who'd like to become human, but has no idea how, is painfully funny."
‑ Rob Gonsalves,
"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
"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
"[A] really, really strong film."
‑ Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper
"Brosnan's sleazy, broken-spirited hitman Julian Noble nabs the spotlight in Richard Shepard's generally pleasing comic thriller."
‑ Jay Antani, Cinema Writer
"A chemistry-free buddy flick."
‑ Kam Williams, Upstage Magazine
"in an ideal world, The Matador would be the movie to watch on a late Friday afternoon to start relaxing for the weekend"
‑ Joseph Proimakis, Movies for the Masses
"Let the good times roll, and take a run at The Matador."
‑ Bill Muller, Arizona Republic
"Unevenly paced yet darkly funny and consistently intriguing."
‑ Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
"...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
"... it does give Brosnan a chance to show his comic skills in an edgy comedy that is perhaps not dark enough for the subject matter."
‑ Lori Hoffman, Atlantic City Weekly
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