The Talented Mr. Ripley
The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999)

After the Oscar-winning The English Patient, writer/director Anthony Minghella attempted another tricky literary adaptation with The Talented Mr. Ripley, which features heartthrob Matt Damon cast against type as a psychopathic bisexual… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: December 25, 1999
DVD Release Date: June 27, 2000
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Critic Score: 83% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: With Matt Damon's unsettling performance offering a darkly twisted counterpoint to Anthony Minghella's glossy direction, The Talented Mr. Ripley is a suspense thriller that lingers.

Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

Familiarity is the watchword of this overblown opus, which neglects holes in the plot to play up its postmodern theme of identity as pastiche -- a clear case of the pot calling the kettle black.

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Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture

It's a gorgeously unsettling film. You can hide in the shadows, but luminescence exposes who you are, and the only escape is into another identity.

Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

A "10 Best" achievement, thanks to writer-director Anthony Minghella's acute interpretation of Patricia Highsmith's novel, a shooting style that wallows in decadence and danger, and a choice cast completely in sync with the stringent demands of the story.

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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer

On balance, The Talented Mr. Ripley is worth seeing more for its undeniably delightful journey than its final destination.

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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail

Even before its release, The Talented Mr. Ripley has attracted some mighty serious analytic attention.

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Carly Kocurek
Common Sense Media

Full of murder and deceit; too violent for kids.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

Not only is it an elegantly polished affair, with top notch performances all round, and magnificent camerawork and editing, it's also acutely aware of how class, money and sex shape desire and resentment.

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Bob Graham
San Francisco Chronicle

If anybody can create sympathy for the devil, the angelic Matt Damon can.

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Ceri Thomas

The blend of Minghella's gloss and Damon's steel results in a psychological thriller of huge style and depth. A very good movie.

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Flixster Audience Score: 80% Flixster User Reviews
Matthew Samuel Mirliani
Compelling, dark, shocking, and fascinating, The Talented Mr. Ripley is expertly constructed and features exceptional acting, writing, and a thrilling… More
Cassie Hill
Utter stupidity that I can't believe I actually liked for a while.
Pierluigi Puccini
A dive into the mind of a frustrated arriviste and the violent and cunning methods he uses to fulfill his social and affective yearnings. Subtle, suspenseful… More
Unknown Hobo
This movie was just a ten hour long bore fest for me. I did not care for the plot and the acting was wooden, the characters irritating and the entire movie far… More
Chris Weber
Anthony Minghella absolutely knocked it out of the park with this taut and quite faithful adaptation of the first entry in a series of noir thrillers by… More
Fernando Rafael Quintero Castañeda
Darkly beautiful film; everything works so well, from the cinematography, the music (which fits the amazing style perfectly) to the performances. One of the… More