Simpatico (1999)

Old rivalries lead to new betrayals in this Sam Shepard drama with comic undertones. Vinnie (Nick Nolte) and Carter (Jeff Bridges) have known each other for years, but their relationship has grown less than cordial. Many years ago, the two… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: December 17, 1999
DVD Release Date: August 22, 2000
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Consensus: Critics say Simpatico's lengthy plot is too unfocused; the movie becomes confusing and tedious to watch.

Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Another example of when bad movies happen to good actors.

Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune

Improbabilities and all, Simpatico still boasts wonderful scenes and a cast that is truly superb.

Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

Nolte and Bridges have too much talent to play their uninspired characters.

Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly

A movie hobbled by unwieldy visual ideas.

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Michael Dequina

With the cast and the pulpy neo-noir storyline, one would never suspect that the film is the crushing bore that it is.

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Brent Simon
Entertainment Today

The film might as well be called Stagnant, because precious little of emotional consequence for the audience happens.

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Jeff Millar
Houston Chronicle

Stone doesn't show up until the film is half over and seems to be trying rather hard to make up for the lost time.

Amber Wilkinson
Eye for Film

This is an engaging movie, which shows its theatrical origins, both positively and negatively.

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Chuck Rudolph
Matinee Magazine

Nolte and Bridges are naturals together.

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