The Game
The Game (1997)

Director David Fincher followed the success of his dark and atmospheric crime thriller Seven (1995) with another exercise in stylish film noir, this time lifting the pallid atmosphere a notch to indulge in a fast-paced trip through the… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: September 12, 1997
DVD Release Date: June 6, 2000
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Critic Score: 72% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: The ending could use a little work but this is otherwise another sterling example of David Fincher's iron grip on atmosphere and storytelling.

Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

This 1997 thriller is fairly entertaining nonsense if all you're looking for is 128 minutes of diversion. But if you'd like something more from David Fincher, the director of Seven, don't get your hopes up.

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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle

The picture provides Douglas with one of his best roles. If he doesn't quite reach the bizarre heights he achieved in Falling Down, The Game makes its own demands.

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David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

...a top-tier thriller that doesn't always seem to get the respect and admiration it clearly deserves.

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Todd McCarthy

Regardless of how far one chooses to buy into The Game -- and the ending ambiguously suggests that it could go on and on -- there is no doubt as to Fincher's staggering expertise as a director and his almost clinical sense of precision.

James Berardinelli

As it's unspooling on screen, the film is hugely entertaining, but there are several significant plot holes that grow wider the more closely they're investigated.

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Brian Costello
Common Sense Media

Engaging '90s thriller has lots of violence, profanity.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

The film's 'message' about complacency transformed by chaos and uncertainty is hackneyed...

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Charles Taylor

Fincher is still working on the assumption that he has better things to do than entertain an audience. Which would be fine if he weren't drawn to such schlocky material.

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Matthew Sorrento
Film International

[N]ifty filmic style and crackpot sensibility.

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Flixster Audience Score: 84% Flixster User Reviews
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Greg S
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Tsubaki Sanjuro
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Melvin White
Nicholas: I don't care about the money. I'm pulling back the curtain. I want to meet the wizard.  "There are no rules in The Game." The… More
Jens S.
While not as evil as Se7en and not as trippy as Fight Club this is still pure David Fincher excellence. Like Michael Douglas while playing the game (or being… More