The Fortune Cookie
The Fortune Cookie (1966)

An insurance salesman concocts a scheme to cash in on his brother-in-law's injury.

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: October 19, 1966
DVD Release Date: March 6, 2001
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Critic Score: 95% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Variety Staff

...another bittersweet comedy commentary on contemporary US mores.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

Mr. Wilder's last film and a comedy of unrelieved vulgarity, but it has style and taste.

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Emanuel Levy

Though not top-notch Billy Wilder, this cynical satire about an unscrupulous lawyer and a TV cameraman benefits from good acting by Walter Matthau and Jack Lemmon in their first screen teaming.

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Don Druker
Chicago Reader

Wildly funny in spots...

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TV Guide

A very funny film, this morality tale is a deft mixture of cynicism, wit and idealism as only writer-director Wilder could do it.

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Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Good, but probably Wilder's most overrated film.

Time Out

The friction between the laughs and the cynicism generates more heat than most Hollywood comedies even aim at...

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Saddled with a thin story.

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The trio would move on to better things, but the comic chemistry was tangible from the start.

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Flixster Audience Score: 81% Flixster User Reviews
Pierluigi Puccini
An underrated bittersweet comedy sparklingly written by the master of cynicism. Tailor made for the antics of the marvelous odd couple Matthau-Lemmon.
Daniel Perry
The Fortune Cookie is a brilliant film, cynical and satirical and yet uplifting. Its protagonist (Jack Lemmon) is a cameraman, which allowed director Billy… More
Lady D'arbanville
A comical caper from Jack Lemon and Walter Matthau, some great lines throughout, easy watching, a good oldie.
xGary Xx
Another likeable Matthau/Lemmon vehicle, but it lacks the resonance of Wilders best efforts.
Aj V
Another great comedy from Wilder, this movie is hilarious, fun, and has a great cast. I highly recommend it.
Byron Brubaker
Set in Cleveland, it's at a Browns game where Lemmon is injured. The first great pairing of Matthau and Lemmon.