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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 35
  2. Negative: 4 out of 35
  1. 90
    Confidence grooves on the giddy joy of storytelling -- on the digressive whimsy of good dialogue, on playful editing, on the ways in which con men -- and filmmakers -- psych out their victims.
  2. Yes, it's a hyped, hip "Sting" for our times, with goatees, mousse and attitude as part of the update package. It's also Burns's best film since "Saving Private Ryan."
  3. Ultimately, the con we witness in the movie is almost as beautiful as the con that is the movie -- believable in the moment, too irresistible to question upon reflection and executed with invigorating confidence.
  4. Best of all is Hoffman, who hasn't had this much obvious fun since he played Hollywood producer Stanley Motss in "Wag the Dog."
  5. 60
    Despite its handsome cinematography, slathered in thick, neo-noir shades of red and blue, the film has no one to root for. Place your bets on Hoffman’s terrific portrayal of a weasely, wisecracking pervert, however, and you’re sure to get your money’s worth.
  6. 50
    It fails to make us care, even a little, about the characters and what happens to them. There is nothing at stake.
  7. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    20
    Hordes of good actors evidently lined up to appear in Confidence, which wastes Weisz, Guzman, Logue, Forster, and Paul Giamatti, among others. Midway through, a grizzled Andy Garcia shambles in, chewing on a cigar, as an FBI agent; he's so fatuously hammy that his true narrative function is never in doubt.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. Nov 14, 2012
    5
    I would give this one just a bare pass because it tried to glamourize the shady world of grifters and conmen which is kind of like making a film about a guy who rooks people via a ponzi scheme as if he was some kind of an underdog. We all know about that kind of thing, The film was in poor taste. Well it should be an issue when a film is in poor taste. To bad that the studios that make these films don't seem to see things quite that way. Probably best to just avoid it. There are small parts by Andy Garcia and Dustin Hoffman but that doesn't really make this film much better. A lousy script is still a lousy script. Expand

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