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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 36
  2. Negative: 1 out of 36
  1. 88
    Brosnan redefines "hit man" in the best performance of his career, and Kinnear plays with, and against, his image as a regular kinda guy.
  2. Reviewed by: Ian Nathan
    We've never seen Pierce Brosnan so liberated - he’s a man reborn, and for what The Matador may lack in rounded plotting, it makes up for in funny, spiky, idiosyncratic glee.
  3. It is no small compliment to Pierce Brosnan to say that his performance in writer-director Richard Shephard's goofy black comedy The Matador could only be rivaled by Christopher Walken.
  4. Reviewed by: Joe Leydon
    Deftly maneuvering through audacious mood swings and tonal shifts, The Matador emerges as a quirky yet commercial commingling of black comedy, seriocomic psychodrama, heart-tugging sudser and buddy-movie farce.
  5. 63
    Shepard's Matador demonstrates what an Almodovar picture would feel like without his gonzo sensibility. It's Almodovar for heterosexuals.
  6. 60
    Instead of slick heroism, the saving grace of The Matador (which was obviously made on something less than a blockbuster budget) lies in the comic interplay between Brosnan's ignoble Mr. Noble and the hapless square he picks to serve his purposes.
  7. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    If we send Sally Struthers money, will she be able to stop this kind of suffering from taking place in Beverly Hills?

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 32
  2. Negative: 5 out of 32
  1. MickW.
    Mar 10, 2008
    Maybe not a 10 but deserves it to round out the inane comments here. It's a smart, witty laugh-fest which perhaps features too much goofy worship from Kinnear's everyman character and generates too much sympathy for Brosnan's hit-man character, if one can even find him savory. Speaking of Brosnan, he is PERFECT for the part, being the hilariously sharp, arrogant, psychopathic and egocentric character that he is. I think the script could have moved in a better moral and sensible direction but, as long as you just take this for cotton candy, you'll laugh your head off. The way this is filmed, it's supposed to be more of an over the top comedy which has both pros and cons. Overall, I thought this was one of the funnier surprises I've seen in a long time. Expand
  2. MatthieuR.
    Jan 22, 2006
    Easily one of the better written and acted films of the year. It appears predictable, but ultimately eschews cliches in favor of a unique, at times zany, at times pathos-laden comedy. Great performance by Pierce, who appears eager to shed the shackles of the Bond persona. Expand
  3. CharlieM.
    Aug 12, 2006
    Dark enough to keep you wondering what might happen, but great character continuity and consistency. The dialog and interaction between Brosnan and Kinnear has the exact right level of humor, realism and sentimentality. Expand
  4. [Anonymous]
    Jan 13, 2006
    If I hadn't seen the preview I wouldn't have thought Brosnan could do something so offbeat and edgy and fascinating to watch. He was terrific as was the entire segment in Mexico. Ebert's review is spot on so check it out for more details. Highly recommended. Expand
  5. Gregor
    Jul 16, 2006
    Nice to see a different side of Pierce, and Kinnear was fantastic.
  6. RichardB.
    Jan 17, 2006
    sexy beast meets the ref. which sounds a little better than it is. good acting, good attitude, but an incompletely thought out story (with an unnecessary nasty plot point involving a child that still befuddles me.) admirable effort, but you can wait for the dvd. Expand
  7. JuanV.
    Feb 7, 2006
    Easily one of the worst movies of all time. Pierce Brosnan's portrayal of a seasoned assassin is laughably deplorable. The storyline is highly unoriginal and uninteresting, with the most disappointing conclusion for a film in the last 70 years. Also, there was a weird homosexual tension between Brosnan's and Kinnear's characters the entire movie. Supposedly in earlier versions of the script, there was a threesome scene with Kinnear, Brosnan, and the actress who plays Kinnear's wife (who's performance is quite possibly the worst in cinematic history). That alone exhibits the quality of this screenplay. Long story short, the Matador should win every single category in this year's Razzie awards, hands down. The user ratings on this site are the most misguided references to utilize on the entire interent. Expand

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