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  • Summary: Smart, resourceful and uncommonly devoted seasoned publicist Eli Wurman (Pacino) has smoothly managed the public lives of the rich, the famous and the incredibly powerful throughout his long career. There has never been a crisis he couldn't handle...until now. (Miramax)
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  1. Positive: 9 out of 20
  2. Negative: 3 out of 20
  1. The very considerable impact of the picture is mainly the work of two men, the author and the star.
  2. Trashy and lurid as this movie is, it’s certainly not boring, and it keeps its star in hog heaven throughout.
  3. Pacino's performance in People I Know is the best thing he's done in ages.
  4. 60
    Although a marked improvement over Algrant's nightmarishly whimsical debut, "Naked in New York," People I Know is perfumed less by the sweet smell of success than the musty aroma of the Miramax vault.
  5. It was filmed in and around the World Trade Center, and the subsequent cuts, reshoots and sleights of hand designed to obscure that fact prove devastating.
  6. 40
    Pacino's no-holds-barred performance is either the reason to see this tepid thriller or the reason to avoid it. His evocation of a Sidney Falco-style flack worn to a nub by decades of trying to spin this dirty town is nothing if not bravura.
  7. Reviewed by: Glenn Kenny
    25
    Smushes together “The Bonfire of the Vanities” (the novel, that is), “True Believer,” and “Eyes Wide Shut,” only it does so without being nearly as good as any of the aforementioned.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 6
  2. Negative: 4 out of 6
  1. PatC.
    Apr 2, 2007
    5
    Solid but somehow empty expose of behind-the-scenes political engineering. The show is watchable because no one can play a strung-out character like Pacino, but I was not convinced that Pachino's character would suddenly have a crises of conscience in a career path he had bought into for 30 years. The attraction between Pacino and Basinger was forced to the hilt and still did not come off. No, that's not right. More precisely, it was awful. Expand

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