The Talented Mr. Ripley
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After the Oscar-winning The English Patient, writer/director Anthony Minghella attempted another tricky literary adaptation with The Talented Mr. Ripley, which features heartthrob Matt Damon cast against type as a psychopathic bisexual murderer. Tom Ripley (Damon) is a bright and charismatic sociopath who makes his way in mid-'50s New York City as a men's room attendant and sometimes pianist, though his real skill is in impersonating other people, forging handwriting, and running second-rate scams. After being mistaken for a Princeton student, Tom meets the shipping tycoon father of… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 83%

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"Familiarity is the watchword of this overblown opus, which neglects holes in the plot to play up its postmodern theme of identity as pastiche -- a clear case of the pot calling the kettle black."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"It's a gorgeously unsettling film. You can hide in the shadows, but luminescence exposes who you are, and the only escape is into another identity."
‑ Peter Rainer, New York Magazine/Vulture
"A "10 Best" achievement, thanks to writer-director Anthony Minghella's acute interpretation of Patricia Highsmith's novel, a shooting style that wallows in decadence and danger, and a choice cast completely in sync with the stringent demands of the story."
‑ Matt Brunson, Creative Loafing
"This is certainly no fast-paced nail-biting thriller, but much rather a slow-paced intriguing drama very reminiscent of Hitchcock films."
‑ Garth Franklin, Dark Horizons
"The Master of Suspense would never have turned in a movie this sloppy."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"On balance, The Talented Mr. Ripley is worth seeing more for its undeniably delightful journey than its final destination."
‑ Andrew Sarris, New York Observer
"Even before its release, The Talented Mr. Ripley has attracted some mighty serious analytic attention."
‑ Rick Groen, Globe and Mail
"Full of murder and deceit; too violent for kids."
‑ Carly Kocurek, Common Sense Media
"Ripley morphs into a well-meaning kid who yearns to be somebody. He's deprived, not depraved."
‑ Rob Gonsalves,
"When Law leaves in the middle, the whole film just sags."
‑ Ron Wells, Film Threat
"Not only is it an elegantly polished affair, with top notch performances all round, and magnificent camerawork and editing, it's also acutely aware of how class, money and sex shape desire and resentment."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"If anybody can create sympathy for the devil, the angelic Matt Damon can."
‑ Bob Graham, San Francisco Chronicle
"The blend of Minghella's gloss and Damon's steel results in a psychological thriller of huge style and depth. A very good movie."
‑ Ceri Thomas, Film4
"The Talented Mr. Ripley is lovely wrapping without much to say."
‑ Joe Lozito, Big Picture Big Sound
"Minghella, once again, shows his eclectic talents."
‑ Robin Clifford, Reeling Reviews
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