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. Reviewed by: Kathleen Maher
    50
    Interesting to watch like well-performed gymnastics but it never really connects.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. The movie version, directed with unobtrusive precision by James Foley, stays amazingly true to the play's feisty spirit.
  5. 100
    The pleasure of this unique film comes in watching superb actors dine on Mamet's pungent language like the feast it is.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. Reviewed by: Michael Sragow
    60
    Hammers away at the plot so relentlessly that you can feel the nails entering the back of your skull.
  10. Reviewed by: Staff (Not Credited)
    80
    A searing showcase for a remarkable ensemble cast.
  11. 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.
  12. 80
    All the performances are exceptional.
  13. There is no evidence of life outside the immediate world of the movie.
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. StevenM
    May 19, 2009
    10
    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. Full Review »
  3. 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 »