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  • Summary: "You are not where you belong," says the fortuneteller, and Edmond (Macy) begins his descent into a darkly funny yet horrifying modern urban hell in this compelling film. (First Independent Pictures)

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  1. Positive: 11 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
  1. Mamet is a writer who turns off some audiences, and almost everything that might bother them is in Edmond: foul language, raging machismo, violence and seemingly bigoted tirades. But almost everything audiences like about him is there too: candor, suspense, ideas, crackling slang, vivid characters.
  2. 80
    It manages, in the course of a single tersely delineated story, to say more about the dark pathology of American racism than any five character arcs in "Crash." So go, by all means, but be prepared to take a beating.
  3. Reviewed by: Matthew Sorrento
    80
    While the episodic script feels fragmented, Macy’s consistency unifies Edmond’s journey.
  4. 63
    Written in the aftermath of a bitter divorce, Mamet's paranoid rant -- an explosion of middle-aged, white-collar, white-men's rage at losing ground to everyone, from women, hustlers, African Americans and homosexuals to the younger generation nipping at their heels -- is as bilious as ever, but time has overtaken and defanged it.
  5. Reviewed by: Staff (Not credited)
    50
    Disappointing adaptation of Mamet's 1982 drama.
  6. An intriguing, disquieting, but ultimately overdrawn nightmare.
  7. For hard-core David Mamet fans only...Edmond serves to remind you how artificial the dialogue and dramaturgy truly was in early Mamet.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 13
  2. Negative: 8 out of 13
  1. MARKM.
    Nov 5, 2006
    8
    I don't think most of the reviewers got the joke. This movie (play) is about how nasty the world is outside of our social comfort level (Edmund actually says this) but presenting it in a way that ridicules that uneasiness. Sorry guys, but this is just as true now as in the 80's. Re: Mamet's dialogue, get over it. Go watch Crash or some other garbage if you can't deal with complex sentences. Expand
  2. GianniAmati
    Apr 17, 2007
    8
    Fears might be desires. Edmond after forty years of a flat life feed by prejudice and common sense values is an emotional analphabet, unable to choose a possible alternative to his current life. He will follow his destiny finding peace in the arms of his black cellmate: our worst dream that becomes true. Expand
  3. Oct 31, 2013
    8
    The episodic nature of the plot may cause the pacing to lose some velocity but the fearless and raw performance of Macy as a milquetoast white man on the verge of madness leaves a definite impression. Of all the supporting players Bokeem Woodbine leaves the biggest mark as the least likely person to give Macy's character a sense of clarity and stability. Not for the sensitive by any means but if you allow yourself to get into it's angry vision of urban life it's a strangely rewarding film. Expand
  4. K.Lee
    Aug 18, 2006
    3
    by far one of the worst movies I have ever seen. Macy tries to hard, the dialouge between characters is ridiculous. Especially during the jail rape scene. Avoid at all costs. Expand
  5. scodav
    Jul 6, 2007
    2
    I'm a big Mamet fan, and I was surprised to find that he himself adapted the screenplay. It came across to me like a ham-fisted parody of Mamet! It wasn't remotely plausible, and, if you're not meant to care about a character, you should be able to learn something from him. This had neither. The ending was surprisingly touching, but that ain't enough. Expand
  6. Rolliepollie
    Mar 19, 2008
    1
    All that talent. All those wonderful words... and still this movie left me in awe of its extreme craptitude! Edmond Burke may have killed with a knife, but Mamet killed this movie with his nonsensical rants. Macy plays an empty shell of a man who seems to find a reason to 'live' thru violence,rage, racism and big words! Kept waiting for an eureka! moment where Macy's character would finally make sense! but it was not to be. sad to waste such talent as Macy, Mantegna,Stiles . Expand
  7. MA.
    Dec 9, 2006
    0
    This movie wasn't even worth the $3 I paid to rent it. The viewer is bored to death waiting for this movie to go somewhere, but it goes no where. I'm sure the egg head, artsy types, think this movie is great social commentary or art. However, if they were honest with themselves they would admit that it stinks. What filmmakers have to understand is that move of the public sees a movie to be entertained, not preached to! In the end this movie is a jumbled, incoherent mix of racism and politically correct satire. Don't waste your money. Expand

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