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  • Summary: This film centers on an elaborate confidence game, and its labyrinthine plot is laden with twists and reversals. (Sony Pictures Classics)
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  1. Positive: 14 out of 21
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  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. Reviewed by: Leonard Klady
    90
    The picture is a devilishly clever series of reversals that keeps you guessing to the very end.
  3. 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.
  4. The weird thing about the films David Mamet has directed is that they have about as much emotion as a cyborg in a science fiction movie, yet by the end of the picture it isn't necessary; by then the audience has supplied their own.
  5. This is fun if you're looking mainly for light entertainment.
  6. Reviewed by: Michael Sragow
    60
    Writer-director David Mamet delights in his own supposed cleverness; he wants you to scratch your head while he manipulates your brain.
  7. 50
    The story works, in that everything fits together, but the film feels hollow and unfinished, like a run-through for a movie rather than the movie itself.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 2 out of 3

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