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7.4

Generally favorable reviews- based on 11 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 11
  2. Negative: 2 out of 11
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  1. ShannonP.
    Aug 5, 2005
    3
    Contrived. Pretentious. Sterile. Convoluted. Mamet again proves that when "one" spends "one's" lef being a writer, one doesn't have a life to write about.
  2. LindaM.
    Aug 11, 2005
    2
    I have watched this film several times, and each time think less of it. Nothing in the characters or plot seems genuine. Some of the dialog is comically phony and false. If the intent was to make some type of film parable, the subject is wrong and the plot too intricate. What is presented as some kind of intriguing "confidence game" seems to be the imaginings of an invalid who has never I have watched this film several times, and each time think less of it. Nothing in the characters or plot seems genuine. Some of the dialog is comically phony and false. If the intent was to make some type of film parable, the subject is wrong and the plot too intricate. What is presented as some kind of intriguing "confidence game" seems to be the imaginings of an invalid who has never left his house. The amazing thing is that as bad as this movie feels on repeated viewing, much of the acting is actually quite good . . . which almost seems to highlight the problems with the script. Expand
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70

Generally favorable reviews - based on 21 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
  1. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    88
    It's a treat to encounter the deadpan light-handedness with which Mamet goes about his business.
  2. The Spanish Prisoner is the smoothest and most convincing of Mamet's elaborate charades and features intriguing performances by Steve Martin and Campbell Scott.
  3. 50
    The picture is moderately diverting. But it's never much fun.