House of Games
House of Games (1987)

Playwright David Mamet's directorial debut House of Games is a tense psychological thriller about a uptight psychiatrist (Lindsay Crouse) who falls prey to a smooth-talking con-man (Joe Mantegna), and then proceeds to turn the tables on… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: October 1, 1987
DVD Release Date: December 19, 2000
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Critic Score: 96% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Dan Jardine

David Mamet's sometimes baffling, never less than fascinating glimpse into the dark underbelly of this world where it turns out that winning games of chance involve more skill (and con artistry) than luck.

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Emanuel Levy

A conceptual film about con artists, Mamet's feature debut is a deadpan, deviously comic melodrama that proceeds with twists and reversals and builds like a poker game in which the stakes are higher and higher.

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Jon Niccum
Lawrence Journal-World

The best of the con game movies

Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena

O roteiro é mais previsível do que Mamet desejaria e seu primeiro trabalho na direção exibe uma teatralidade que ele gradualmente superaria, mas, apesar disso, a complexidade de seus personagens e a dinâmica de seus diálogos são admiráveis.

Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall

fiendishly clever

James Rocchi

Playwright David Mamet's directorial debut is a cardsharp con game full of tricks.

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Kam Williams

Since it would be unfair to spoil a moment of this perfectly-plotted masterpiece, all you need to know is that it landed on this critic's Best Movies of the Millennium List in 2000.

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Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

A top-notch psychological thriller about sexual politics, trust and betrayal.

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Scott Weinberg

One of the finest Mamet adaptations out there.

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Flixster Audience Score: 79% Flixster User Reviews
Lady D'arbanville
Cheesy, dated and more of a film made for tv, yet, there was something quite interesting about this film, that left me enjoying it.
Ken Stachnik
Superb Con film from David Mamet.
Pierluigi Puccini
Lindsay Crouse is an eminent psychologist who is desperate for adventure. One day she'll meet Joe Mantegna's character, a swindler that will provide… More
Aaron Neuwirth
Mike: It's called a confidence game. Why? Because you give me your confidence? No. Because I give you mine. The directorial debut of playwright David… More
Drew Smith
Okay, so could Lindsay Crouse be any more awful? I know pretty much everyone hates her in this movie but Jesus Christ, that was a dull performance. I don't… More
Michael S
Mamet's best work to date as a director.