Metascore
78

Generally favorable reviews - based on 20 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 20
  2. Negative: 0 out of 20
  1. 100
    A great little film, dignified by a superb performance, Diamond Men is a gem.
  2. Reviewed by: Doug Brunell
    90
    Wow. A heist movie that is more focused on people than it is crime. An incredible cast - Robert Forster and Donnie Wahlberg. Getting to see Kristin Minter's breasts and hearing her say, "F---." Damn near a perfect movie.
  3. This film is extraordinary on several counts: its knowledge of an arcane trade (Mr. Cohen ran his family's diamond business after his father died); its fondness for telling good life stories; and, above all, its superb starring performance.
  4. Genuine, amusing and, best of all, humanly scaled and humanely oriented.
  5. The picture depends completely on those two performances (Whalberg, Forster), and the two actors come through.
  6. This may not have gotten much publicity, but it's a lot more engaging than most movies that have; Forster alone makes it unforgettable.
  7. 88
    It looks and listens to its characters, curious about the unfolding mysteries of the personality. It is a treasure.
  8. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    88
    Riding a mood that's tilted to the jazzy blues that Eddie prefers to Bobby's blasting rock on the car radio, Diamond Men is a sparkly film that's easy to love.
  9. Forster carries the movie with an effortless grace and professionalism, creating a character of surprising nobility who is the very opposite of the Willy Loman caricature that's been the de rigueur salesman stereotype in movies of the past 50 years.
  10. A very small film but a sweet one, an easygoing venture of the feel-good variety. What sets it apart is something even larger pictures often lack: an excellent performance by its star.
  11. Eddie Miller (Robert Forster), the stolid protagonist of Diamond Men, a small, finely acted slice of American life, is the sort of character the movies normally shun like the plague for lack of glamour.
  12. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    80
    The movie has an intriguing wild card in Bess Armstrong as an ex-prostitute turned Zen masseuse. I'm not sure if she's meant to be brilliantly evolved or an idiot -- or if the actress is really good or really, really terrible. But her chemistry with Forster is terrific.
  13. A witty, winning inversion of the famous Arthur Miller play.
  14. This is Forster's show, and he doesn't disappoint.
  15. Reviewed by: Frank Lovece
    70
    The ever-charismatic character actor George Coe stands out as a small-town jeweler grateful for a late-life affair.
  16. 70
    But its quiet, solid center is Forster's Eddie, a man who can keep his cool under pressure and, with the merest twitch of a facial muscle, reveal a capacity for change.
  17. Diamond Men's potential as a diamond in the rough turn out to be more "rough" than "diamond."
  18. Loses its way in a crime-movie subplot and a less-than-believable love affair.
  19. If you're going to make a movie about men talking, shouldn't they have something important to say?
  20. 50
    After a promising start, writer-director Daniel M. Cohen pours on schmaltz straight out of the similarly themed "Diamonds," including the proverbial hookers -- with hearts of gold.

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