- Starring: Al Pacino, Ryan O'Neal, Téa Leoni
- 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)
- Director: Daniel Algrant
- Genre(s): Drama, Crime
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80Considering the ignominy of its path to British cinemas, its hard not to approach the film with caution, but after a few minutes in the company of an unusually low-key but typically world-weary Al Pacino, it begins to win you over, dragging you deeper into the sleazy political underworld it describes.
60The 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.
30It's not often that you see talented, well-meaning people joined together like cultists in the snare of a group delusion, but that's what makes this film fascinating, the proverbial accident you can't take your eyes off.
PatC.5Solid 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