The Matador

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Universal acclaim- based on 172 Ratings

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 36
  2. Negative: 1 out of 36
  1. 88
    It's a role that essentially demystifies Brosnan's star persona, and in it he is simply sensational, funnier and more persuasively neurotic than even a devoted fan might expect.
  2. In The Matador, a delightfully sly diversion, Pierce Brosnan breaks the mold and turns in what might be considered the performance of his career, the kind of witty, relaxed star portrayal that recalls those of Cary Grant and other Golden Era legends.
  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. 63
    Shepard's Matador demonstrates what an Almodovar picture would feel like without his gonzo sensibility. It's Almodovar for heterosexuals.
  5. 60
    The Matador teeters between comedy and moral inquiry but doesn't quite make it either way. The movie features a startling performance, however, by Pierce Brosnan.
  6. 25
    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: 27 out of 34
  2. Negative: 5 out of 34
  1. MickW.
    Mar 10, 2008
    10
    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 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
    10
    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 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
    9
    Dark enough to keep you wondering what might happen, but great character continuity and consistency. The dialog and interaction between 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
    8
    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 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
    8
    Nice to see a different side of Pierce, and Kinnear was fantastic.
  6. DougR.
    Apr 14, 2006
    7
    This movie was entertaining. Very different but well done. It's just that you can't really like these characters.
  7. JuanV.
    Feb 7, 2006
    0
    Easily one of the worst movies of all time. Pierce Brosnan's portrayal of a seasoned assassin is laughably deplorable. The storyline is 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. Collapse

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