Mixed or average reviews - based on 35 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 35
  2. Negative: 4 out of 35

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  1. 60
    Paul Giamatti steals the picture as a sardonic grifter with a phobic terror of dirty toilet seats.
  2. 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.
  3. The cast — a felicitous blend of character actors and up-and-comers — work together like a street-smart machine, and Hoffman's scummy turn as porn-peddler and all-around creep King is a reminder of just how sleazily funny he can be.
  4. Does have a large and capable cast and, in James Foley, a director with a taste for visual flourishes. They all so fell in love with the script by Doug Jung they didn't notice how much a derivative retread it is of superior material like "The Grifters" and even "The Sting."
  5. 58
    The combination of emotional anemia, predictable plotting and tepid language makes what might have been a crackerjack treat play like a soggy piece of popcorn.
  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. 50
    A stale pastiche of crime-caper dramas that goes through all the usual reversals, betrayals and triple-crosses with a sense of weary obligation.
  8. Confidence is "The Sting" without period appeal, humor, the charisma of Robert Redford or Paul Newman and the quietly seething villainy of Robert Shaw.
  9. 50
    Confidence doesn't provide anything substantial to latch on to: Its twists and turns aren't founded on the trust needed to pull them off.
  10. If Confidence was made by people who have seen too many movies, it seems to be aimed at people who have seen too few. It offers up stale lessons in vocabulary and technique, all of them easily gleaned on a trip to the video store, as if they were choice bits of inside knowledge.
  11. 40
    A long plod to the finish line. It's a movie about a long con that, like its leading man, has no wit or style to speak of.
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 48 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. Nov 14, 2012
    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 aI 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. Full Review »