|Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation | Release Date: June 13, 2001||CRITIC SCORE DISTRIBUTION|
A demonstration of bravura acting.
Glazer has a daring sense of story structure that ratchets up the suspense, and his sense for sardonic black comedy is unerring.
Confident, mature, deeply conceived, and convincingly inhabited, it's a surprisingly humane film -- despite the close-range shotgun spray.
Appeal lies on the bright, shiny surface of its ostensibly simple plot, and in its rat-a-tat-tat language, which often sounds like Mamet-visits-Spyne.
Slightly misshapen and unbalanced, with a few loose ends, a few extraneous dream sequences. But there's something going on all the time.
Kingsley gives the movie a jolt and blows the rest of it to pieces.
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