Game 6

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  • Summary: Written by acclaimed writer Don DeLillo, Game 6 is an intelligent, witty, unsettling tale of one man’s encounter with his demons, his passions and his infatuation with failure. (Kindred Media Group)

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 20
  2. Negative: 2 out of 20
  1. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    88
    It's an inside-the-park home run -- a small, lovingly overwritten comic drama about fate, failure, and primal longing. To put it in words a Sox fan would understand, the movie hurts good.
  2. A quirky little comedy about one day in the life of a New York playwright on the brink of either greatness or failure.
  3. 70
    For viewers counting the minutes until opening day, Game 6 provides a quirky cinematic alternative to next week's "Benchwarmers."
  4. There are funny bits strewn throughout Game 6, and it's good to see Keaton in a meaty, nonshowy role for a change. He has the chops when he's not mugging.
  5. It attempts to walk the fine line between despair and comedy, reality and imagination, and often succeeds. For audiences prepared to take the leap of faith and accept the unusual tone of the film, Game 6 should be a winner. Others may wonder what the fuss is about.
  6. 50
    The movie includes a recurring motif of immigrant taxi drivers - like them, the movie is constantly going around in circles.
  7. DeLillo felt he needed a plot, and he invented one that is shockingly bad for a novelist of his accomplishment. It isn't the use of a plot that degrades the picture: it is the degrading plot itself--which isn't even a good cartoon of a too-busy plot.

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  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
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  1. MKR
    Dec 6, 2015
    10
    Super performance from micheal keaton and JR........................................................wonderful movie that was!!!!!!!!! i hopeSuper performance from micheal keaton and JR........................................................wonderful movie that was!!!!!!!!! i hope that we will see more from these guys. Expand
  2. ChadShiira
    Oct 2, 2006
    8
    A book reviewer for a New York newspaper once described Don Delilo's "Cosmopolis" as being "a long day's journey into tedium." A book reviewer for a New York newspaper once described Don Delilo's "Cosmopolis" as being "a long day's journey into tedium." Nicky Rogan(Michael Keaton) spends a lot of time in taxis; the protagonist in Delilo's novel logs a lot of miles in a stretch limo. "Game 6" is a revenge film, perhaps against that particular eviscerating review. According to this book reviewer's entry in Wikipedia, the writer is a practicing Christian, but the fictionalized version(Robert Downey as Steven Schwimmer) in "Game 6" practices a religion that's more in accordance with his(her) ethnicity. Schwimmer, being a critic who happens to be Jewish, also brings to mind another tough cookie, of a different medium, who so happens works at the same publication this film references. So is "Game 6" any good? Pretty much so. The final act might be problematic for some. It all depends on your own life experiences. Nicky's actions will appear as irrational to people who never lived through the anguish of watching their childhood team lose in the most epic of settings. I'm a San Diego Padres fan. I wanted to kill Dennis Eckersley in 1996. Although "Game 6" feels like a filmed play at times(especially in the bar as game six unreels), the dialogue is so clever, to quibble over the film's staginess will make you sound like a victim of didacticism("A movie should, blah, blah, blah...). The dialogue transcends the cinematic limitations offered by this film's budget. There's not a bad performance to be found. Even a supermodel does sterling work. "Game 6" also has the added inside joke of Keaton starring in a film that shares the same name as Dellilo's National Book Award-winning novel. This is Keaton's real comeback film. Collapse

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