The Color of Money
The Color of Money (1986)

Oscar-nominated in 1961 for his performance as pool hustler Fast Eddie Felson in The Hustler, Paul Newman won that award a quarter century later when he reprised the role in The Color of Money. At the end of The Hustler, Felson was banned… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: October 8, 1986
DVD Release Date: March 6, 2001
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Critic Score: 89% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: That it's inferior to the original goes without saying, but Paul Newman and Tom Cruise are a joy to watch, and Martin Scorsese's direction is typically superb.

Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune

The premise might sound interesting, but the plotting is so utterly predictable that The Color of Money turns into a pool-room variation of The Karate Kid.

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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine

We are not on Rocky's side of the street, but in Martin Scorsese country, where bent character, not sentiment, shapes destiny, and the best the struggling human spirit can hope for is a split decision.

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Jason Bailey

Yes, sure, this is mid-level Scorsese. But it says something about the director that his mid-level work still beats the hell out of just about anyone else's best.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Tribune

It is a surprise, and a disappointment.

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Variety Staff

Pic has a distinctive pulse of its own with exceptional performances by Paul Newman and Tom Cruise.

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Tom Hutchinson
Radio Times

The confrontational climax never quite convinces, but Richard Price's knockout script is one to treasure and director Martin Scorsese brings his trademark visual style to bear on the production.

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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel

Though this is clearly Newman's picture, Tom Cruise also is a joy to watch.

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Pat Graham
Chicago Reader

A solidly crafted entertainment that, for the most part, strikes a successful balance between commercial necessity and personal expression.

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People Magazine

Scorsese is peerless at mining the streaks of courage and excellence that might redeem such low-life sleaze. And Scorsese again proves himself a master with actors.

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Flixster Audience Score: 73% Flixster User Reviews
Aj V
If you liked The Hustler, you'll like this movie, it's pretty much the same movie. I found both of them boring. Sure they're hustlers and… More
paul oh
That ending made up for the whole movie!
Phil Hubbs
Tend to forget this was a sequel to the film 'The Hustler', probably because it feels like a Cruise vehicle for his young obnoxious over acting and… More
Chris Weber
I'll just admit right from the start that I am pretty much incapable of being too harsh on Martin Scorsese or the films he makes. No matter what,… More
Melvin White
Eddie Felson: Money won is twice as sweet as money earned.  "The Hustler isn't what he used to be, but he has the next best thing: a kid who… More
Mark Walker
It's a salivating inducing prospect for any film fan to have old hands Martin Scorsese and Paul Newman and new hand Tom Cruise combine, to follow on the… More

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