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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
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  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
    75
    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
    50
    Interesting to watch like well-performed gymnastics but it never really connects.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 13
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 13
  3. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. Feb 20, 2013
    10
    The acting is natural and the plot is amusing, unpredictable, and pivots not around one individual.
  2. Jun 8, 2011
    10
    Gripping, intense, and some of the best acting you will ever see in a movie. Ever actor in it is so great. Love Pacino in it, but Lemmon steals the show. Expand
  3. Sep 26, 2012
    10
    Lights, camera, talk! Sit back and watch the words fly. It's not called Mamet speak for nothing. This is Mamet's best work, and the same could be said about any of the actors. Pacino got the nom, but Lemmon should have taken home an Oscar! Collapse
  4. Sep 10, 2011
    9
    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
  5. 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. Expand
  6. Aug 24, 2010
    8
    Real estate agency, poor sales, owners send man to motivate them, after a week the two best sellers keep their jobs, rest get fired.
    Great
    cast, good fast-paced script, sweary & dramatic.
    Really well acted (Al Pacino plays himself, Hoo Ha) but Jack Lemmon steals the show for me as Shell "The Machine" Levine.
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  7. 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. Expand

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