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  • Summary: There are no rules in ?the game.? And that will make life very difficult for Nicholas Van Orton (Douglas), a successful businessman who is always in control. Van Orton lives a well-ordered life, until an unexpected birthday gift from his brother destroys it all.  (Universal)
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  1. Positive: 11 out of 19
  2. Negative: 0 out of 19
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 60
    It's a stylish, cleverly plotted, perpetually unpredictable film with another electric (albeit brief) performance from Penn. So why is it so unaffecting?
  6. 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.
  7. Certainly handsome, well made and for most of its running time gripping, the film ultimately turns into a $60-odd-million piffle.

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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. Mar 1, 2011
    10
    The game is a movie for people that like to keep thinking. Fincher manages to make the audience paranoid to what and who are actually a partThe game is a movie for people that like to keep thinking. Fincher manages to make the audience paranoid to what and who are actually a part of this crazy "game". It manages to tap into the same fiction that made Total Recall a success while replacing the sci-fi parts with real world craziness, as well as some of the most subtle character development I've seen in a long time. However, it is impossible to reveal any specifics without spoiling some part of story, which would be a shame to any first time viewer.

    If you enjoyed movies like Total Recall, Inception, The Matrix, or even Truman Show, give this movie a shot. The Game will stick with you for a while for all of the right reasons.
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  3. 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! Expand
  4. Sep 25, 2013
    8
    Michael Douglas delivers a superb performance in what ends up being a great thriller with all kinds of twists and turns. It's crafty, it'sMichael Douglas delivers a superb performance in what ends up being a great thriller with all kinds of twists and turns. It's crafty, it's dark, it's genius. It's Ocean's Eleven without Vegas lights and all the smiles whose ace in the hole ends up being a lesson in how those who grow up with entitlement often have little or no idea of reality for a majority of people around the world and what happens when that reality is forced sharply onto one of those privileged few. Expand
  5. Feb 26, 2014
    8
    Unfortunately, i accidentally saw the ending before the movie. This will probably result in an unfair review, but it's inevitable.

    It's not
    Unfortunately, i accidentally saw the ending before the movie. This will probably result in an unfair review, but it's inevitable.

    It's not among David Fincher's best work, but still pretty great in its own right. The story may not be very original, but its execution is very good. The performances are very competent and effective.

    if you're a fan of David Fincher, or of mystery & suspense movies in general, watch it.
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  6. Jan 29, 2014
    7
    The game is the first movie that i watched and didn't know what to think of it, i honestly don't have any idea whether to feel bad,angry orThe game is the first movie that i watched and didn't know what to think of it, i honestly don't have any idea whether to feel bad,angry or missleaded so you won't find a conclusion here but basically it goes like this:
    this review is a giant spoiler, so don't read it if you haven't watched the movie yet, thank you, goodbye.
    the title of the movie is a giant spoiler so you shouldn't take the movie seriously but somehow David Fincher was able to force you to believe that the events is real and that's talent ladies and gentlemen whether you like it or not but think about it this way,
    if the movie was a game then thinking about it will raise alot questions, flaws and plot mistakes,
    for example, if all the pullets that been used in the movie are fake then how can you explain the damages that the pullets makes, rubber pullets is a good answer, but the handgun that been used by Michael Douglas that he took from the private detective was able to flat a tire and that's no rubber pullets.
    also they locked him up with taxi cap and throw him in the sea, what if he couldn't swim or didn't remember that he had the handle to open the car window, he'd be dead.
    and they drugged him and put him inside a coffin in Mexico city, what if he was robbed and killed in his way to the united states ? they wouldn't be able to do anything about it,
    and last what if he jumped 5 feet to the right, he would be dead, because it's totally stupid that he jumped right into that mark.
    and i can go on and on and on about it, but you get my point, it's a movie that have more plot mistakes than The Dark Knight Rises and Man of Steel combined.
    but my average rating goes for three reasons, the movie isn't boring at all, it actually interesting and keep you guessing and intense the entire time,
    and two David Fincher force you to believe that it's real even though he spoiled it earlier,
    and three because i want to recommend to everyone, but don't over think about it like i did, because i have no life, just kidding, enjoy it.
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  7. Jip
    Jun 23, 2014
    5
    The Game is making an attempt to confuse the audience and it invited the viewer to consider whether the main character is actually part of aThe Game is making an attempt to confuse the audience and it invited the viewer to consider whether the main character is actually part of a crazy game (which he has payed for) or whether he is being deceived. The movie is at first challenging (which is awesome) and throughout it you will ask yourself whether he is still participating in the game or in something else. It sounds like a great movie indeed!

    However, the Game is a relatively mediocre movie for one main reason! It doesn't make any sense and it is therefore far from logical. The story is full of gaps and holes...It is true that a movie doesn't have to be logical and make perfectly sense, but the Game is trying soooo hard to be a 'smart' movie. At first it appears that it is...That is until you realise that the Game isn't even making an attempt to explain and bind together the strings of the plot. If the game had allocated 6-10 minuted in the end for this purpose, it could have been a real brainteaser and earned itself at least 7.5.

    Overall it is a decent movie but it is NOT the smart/well thought out movie it is trying to be, this is due to the above-mentioned!
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