Metascore
80

Generally favorable reviews - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. 100
    The pleasure of this unique film comes in watching superb actors dine on Mamet's pungent language like the feast it is.
  2. The movie version, directed with unobtrusive precision by James Foley, stays amazingly true to the play's feisty spirit.
  3. 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.
  4. 90
    Gets most of its legs from the acting and the dialogue, which has such a rhythmic grace that scenes from the movie can be played and replayed with no loss of thump.
  5. 88
    Mamet's dialogue has a kind of logic, a cadence, that allows people to arrive in triumph at the ends of sentences we could not possibly have imagined. There is great energy in it. You can see the joy with which these actors get their teeth into these great lines.
  6. Reviewed by: Staff (Not Credited)
    80
    A searing showcase for a remarkable ensemble cast.
  7. 80
    All the performances are exceptional.
  8. Reviewed by: Christopher Harris
    75
    It's blackly comic - though the humour creeps up on you slowly, and you're seldom sure if you should really be laughing.
  9. 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.
  10. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    70
    But it doesn't quite all come together here as it did onstage, and relentless scabrousness, heavy claustrophobia and a vaguely dated feel are among the elements that will keep mainstream audiences away.
  11. There is no evidence of life outside the immediate world of the movie.
  12. Reviewed by: Michael Sragow
    60
    Hammers away at the plot so relentlessly that you can feel the nails entering the back of your skull.
  13. Reviewed by: Kathleen Maher
    50
    Interesting to watch like well-performed gymnastics but it never really connects.
User Score
8.5

Universal acclaim- based on 46 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 13
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 13
  3. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. Apr 30, 2013
    9
    Perfect dialogue and performances meet a tidal wave of drama, hilarity, and intrigue "Glengarry Glen Ross" is an impossibly entertaining piece from David Mamet's repertoire. Full Review »
  2. Apr 13, 2014
    6
    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. Full Review »
  3. Feb 23, 2014
    9
    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. Full Review »