Metascore
70

Generally favorable reviews - based on 21 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
  1. This is his sleekest and most engaging film thus far. If you like a good cat-and-mouse game with a keen ear for language, then go.
  2. 90
    Everyone plays their role (and the roles within their roles) to perfection, and writer-director Mamet keeps us guessing what's what and who's who right up until the final minute.
  3. Reviewed by: Leonard Klady
    90
    The picture is a devilishly clever series of reversals that keeps you guessing to the very end.
  4. 88
    The Spanish Prisoner resembles Alfred Hitchcock in the way that everything takes place in full view, on sunny beaches and in brightly lit rooms, with attractive people smilingly pulling the rug out from under the hero and revealing the abyss.
  5. A thriller so tricky that figuring it out is half the fun.
  6. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    88
    It's a treat to encounter the deadpan light-handedness with which Mamet goes about his business.
  7. 83
    For once, too, David Mamet the director outshines David Mamet the writer.

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