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8.2

Universal acclaim- based on 95 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 86 out of 95
  2. Negative: 7 out of 95

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  1. Dec 5, 2014
    7
    Richard Shepard's "The Matador" delivers quirky laughs, unexpected heart, and a continuous level of intrigue throughout, along with what might be the greatest Pierce Brosnan performance committed to film.
  2. May 13, 2011
    8
    This movie has forgettable all over it, but then you watch it and say, "hey that was good!" This is one of those strange off the beaten path movies that no one expects to be good but it really is. It is funny, interesting, and well acted (shocking I know!). Check out this movie for a surprisingly good time.
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65

Generally favorable reviews - based on 36 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 36
  2. Negative: 1 out of 36
  1. Reviewed by: Martin Rubin
    70
    If he'd (Shepard) gone a few notches darker and deeper he might have had a formidable post-cold war thriller. Still, there's much to enjoy in Brosnan's enthusiastic scruffing up of his Bond/Steele image and in Shepard's energetic, if lightweight, direction.
  2. Reviewed by: Daniel Wible
    60
    The Matador has that shiny sheen that quickly fades, yet is still fun while it lasts.
  3. 75
    There's nothing edgy or groundbreaking about The Matador, but it's funny, touching, and ultimately endearing.