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  • Summary: A group of real estate salesmen in Chicago compete for the best "leads" at a small firm selling property in "resort" areas, such as Florida and Arizona. When a hotshot executive from the head office arrives and proposes a vicious sales contest, competition gets stiff, and salesmen who have worked a lifetime for the company find their jobs in jeopardy. (Artisan) Expand
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  1. Positive: 11 out of 14
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  1. The reason the film prompts laughter, and finally elation, is not because it's jolly or has any feel-good words to live by. It's because of the utterly demonic skill with which these foulmouthed characters carve one another up in futile attempts to stave off disaster.
  2. The movie version, directed with unobtrusive precision by James Foley, stays amazingly true to the play's feisty spirit.
  3. 100
    The pleasure of this unique film comes in watching superb actors dine on Mamet's pungent language like the feast it is.
  4. 80
    All the performances are exceptional.
  5. Reviewed by: Christopher Harris
    It's blackly comic - though the humour creeps up on you slowly, and you're seldom sure if you should really be laughing.
  6. The directing's a bit obtrusive, but the script and the acting gets to the heart of Mamet's glorious obsession with macho B.S.
  7. Reviewed by: Kathleen Maher
    Interesting to watch like well-performed gymnastics but it never really connects.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 14
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 14
  3. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. Jun 27, 2014
    My all time favorite movie probably, so excuse me both for being biased AND for not being an expert on movies enough to say anything remotely deep or accurate about it. I honestly don't know what to say, I remember I was amazed by the fact that despite being a movie relying solely on dialogue I wasn't bored in the slightest, but that's comparative and also from the PoV of a modern hyperactive kid or something, so disregard that: on its own merit, it made me care about most characters, wonder about who was the "culprit" at the end, and they were all detailed in their own way. I read aferwards that it was actually an adaptation from a famous play, and after rewatching it, I could totally see the theatrality in it: the characters coming in and out of the scene, the intertwined plots. I really don't know what to say, all the actors were amazing and the story was awesome and it described the grim reality of something as mundane as salesmen, and even managed to slip in some suspence with the final theft thing among all that beautifully crafted dialogue. I liked it very much! Expand
  2. Feb 20, 2013
    The acting is natural and the plot is amusing, unpredictable, and pivots not around one individual.
  3. StevenM
    May 19, 2009
    Anybody who voted less than 10 hasn't worked in sales. This gritty performance is absolutely spot on acting. And perhaps one of the best casts ever assembled. I wish they'd made a second one. Expand
  4. RyanM.
    Sep 14, 2005
    Classic, great movie that is as good as the play and just as effective. Dialogue and performances are superb. Beyond well written. A pleasure to watch all- around. Expand
  5. Feb 23, 2014
    Most films rely on pretty visuals and cool sound effects. Not many are talk-heavy like this 90's classic. Glengarry Glen Ross not only pulls in the viewer with it's harsh, realistic feel, but does it only by the characters talking. No one ever does anything except talk. That's what makes this film so different. You could literally just listen to the film and you'd still understand it. Also, I should mention that this is the best acting I've ever seen in a movie. All the actors talk like real people, and the fantastic writing goes with the superb acting. As long as you're paying attention to it, Glengarry Glen Ross is sure to please. Expand
  6. Sep 10, 2011
    the entire film took place in a small real este office in one evening and next morning.within this the director superbly crafted the entire cast. all you can see is crucial dialogues everywhere and classic performances...must say glengarry glen ross is a well directed corporate drama Expand
  7. Apr 13, 2014
    I have to say, I was kind of disappointed. The story didn't seem to go anywhere, it was fairly eventless. That said however, there are some awesome quotes and though the entire film consists of dialogue, it's quite meaningful. I can appreciate the film, but I don't see why it's so highly rated. Expand

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