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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
  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. Reviewed by: Leonard Klady
    90
    The picture is a devilishly clever series of reversals that keeps you guessing to the very end.
  3. A thriller so tricky that figuring it out is half the fun.
  4. Mamet's stylized dialogue, elaborate plot puzzles and the angry cleverness of his characterization makes for an invigorating, if not exactly likeable, mix.
  5. The Spanish Prisoner is the smoothest and most convincing of Mamet's elaborate charades and features intriguing performances by Steve Martin and Campbell Scott.
  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 picture is moderately diverting. But it's never much fun.

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