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  1. Positive: 12 out of 26
  2. Negative: 1 out of 26
  1. Turns out to be a supple, intriguing, and beautifully staged movie. It features Dillon, in his most forceful performance since ''Drugstore Cowboy.''
  2. An exotic throwback to the kind of movies that John Huston used to make, where on-the-lam expatriates, tubby guys with tinny accents, and sinister locals convene in a ramshackle but seductive foreign burg -- and corruption, conflict and come-ons from a sultry female or two ensue.
  3. Great on atmosphere and less good on everything else. That’s not entirely a knock.
  4. Reviewed by: Derek Elley
    Despite a name cast, with Dillon playing an insurance crook, pic is holed by a plot-heavy script that's unsatisfying at a character level and plays like a cut-down version of a much longer, more ambitious saga.
  5. The film has plenty of shortcomings, but it's fun to see Caan back in action.
  6. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    It's an actor's film, all right -- peppered with rich supporting performances but unconvincing in the telling.
  7. The story, a half-baked one about treachery and greed, meanders to an unsatisfactory ending with a punch line that, well, doesn't punch very hard.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 5
  2. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. PaulB.
    Oct 1, 2005
    Every element of this film was well thought out and executed. From the selection of locations, casting, the musical score, and especially the writing and directing this film is both thoughtful and entertaining. I will be looking forward to seeing absolutly anything Matt Dillon chooses to direct based on his debut as director. A throughly enjoyable film, and rare in its attention to detail and craft. Expand
  2. JonathanN.
    Mar 25, 2006
    A thoroughly engrossing movie. The pacing is unusual but a welcome break from hollywood predictability. Great characters, fabulous settings, and a plot that holds together nicely and keeps you guessing. Overall a very pleasurable and rewarding viewing experience. Expand

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