Metascore
61

Generally favorable reviews - based on 19 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 19
  2. Negative: 0 out of 19
  1. 50
    It also has wild plot holes and requires an almost inhuman suspension of disbelief, but it's still a fun ride up to a point.
  2. What emerges is a very poor man's North by Northwest without much moral nuance and a decreasing number of thrills.
  3. 88
    The movie's thriller elements are given an additional gloss by the skill of the technical credits, and the wicked wit of the dialogue.
  4. On the surface, The Game is an unusually imaginative thriller that bends its offbeat plot into so many twists that you actually have to pay attention - something few Hollywood movies demand nowadays - to understand its evolution and enjoy the multiple payoffs at the end.
  5. 50
    In The Game, Fincher pulls back from the total gross-out but sustains a tone of aggravated anxiety. Hitchcock could have done this material and still made its perversities pleasurable.
  6. An intensely exciting puzzle-gimmick thriller, the kind of movie that lets you know from the start that it's slyly aware of its own absurdity.
  7. Reviewed by: David Ansen
    70
    This is not a movie that can bear much postgame scrutiny. The minute you begin to question one element of the plot, gaping holes of logic appear throughout.
  8. 75
    As it's unspooling on screen, the film is hugely entertaining, but there are several significant plot holes that grow wider the more closely they're investigated.
  9. 50
    By any fair standard, this lushly produced film is a long, bumpy ride to a major letdown.
  10. 60
    Fincher is still working on the assumption that he has better things to do than entertain an audience. Which would be fine if he weren't drawn to such schlocky material.
  11. At times The Game is frustrating to watch, but that's just a measure of how well Fincher succeeds in putting us in his hero's shoes.
  12. The disappointing ending aside, there is much to enjoy in The Game, a creation with a sheen so highly burnished that sometimes you feel you must look away.
  13. 60
    It's a stylish, cleverly plotted, perpetually unpredictable film with another electric (albeit brief) performance from Penn. So why is it so unaffecting?
  14. This sort of flick can be fun, and there are moments here when it is, when a suddenly shifting perspective tosses us for a dizzying loop. Then again, there's such a thing as too much fun and too many moments -- at over two hours, this particular game meanders on way past its welcome.
  15. Mr. Douglas, who delivers a new shade of cruel elegance each time he plays another urbane monster, is the ideal star for this vigorously contrived thriller.
  16. 60
    It's a cut above the throng of mindless, purported thrillers in which explosions and gun battles replace even rudimentary story telling.
  17. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    70
    The film itself is limited by the material's nature as a brainy exercise and by its narrow focus; individual response will depend upon how tantalized one is by puzzles and games, as well as upon how off-putting one finds the central character, who is center-stage throughout.
  18. It's formulaic, yet edgy. It's predictable, yet full of surprises. How far you get through this tall tale of a thriller before you give up and howl is a matter of personal taste.
  19. Certainly handsome, well made and for most of its running time gripping, the film ultimately turns into a $60-odd-million piffle.
User Score
8.6

Universal acclaim- based on 135 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 19
  2. Negative: 0 out of 19
  1. Jul 9, 2014
    10
    The Game is a smart psychological thriller. Michael Douglas plays Nicholas and he receives an unusual
    birthday present from his brother
    The Game is a smart psychological thriller. Michael Douglas plays Nicholas and he receives an unusual
    birthday present from his brother Conrad. Shortly after he sees him odd events start happening to him.
    He doesn't know why the events are happening but apparently it's part of the game. To uncover the
    object of the game defeats it's purpose. Overall a tightly wound thriller from the director of Fight Club,
    David Fincher.
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  2. Dec 15, 2013
    9
    I gave this movie a 9 instead of a 10 because once you see it you can't get that same experience ever again, but that first experience is soI gave this movie a 9 instead of a 10 because once you see it you can't get that same experience ever again, but that first experience is so good. This film is the epitome of "edge of your seat" viewing. You'll be guessing until the moment you see the credits! Full Review »
  3. Jun 8, 2013
    10
    Don't just watch it. Think about it. Wonder about everything. Is that really happening? Or is it the game? It really keeps you EXTREMELYDon't just watch it. Think about it. Wonder about everything. Is that really happening? Or is it the game? It really keeps you EXTREMELY curious. It won't disappoint you, I promise. Full Review »