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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. Reviewed by: Rich Cline
    60
    The only complaint is that the plot ultimately tries to take over the character drama with twists, turns and some rather pointed preachiness. But at least it's fiercely smart about it. And Algrant's final shot is gorgeous.
  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
    The picture has a lax, sleepy vibe: There's never anything taut or electric about it. And so, like Pacino's character, we sleepwalk through it.
  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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  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 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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