Producers Sales Organization (PSO) | Release Date: June 14, 1985 CRITIC SCORE DISTRIBUTION
84
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Universal acclaim based on 16 Critic Reviews
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From start to finish, this exhilarating adaptation of Richard Condon's phantasmagorical and witty novel -set inside the world of the Mafia - ascends, plunges and races around hairpin curves, only to shoot up again and dive over another precipice. [14 June 1985, p.C8]
100
Huston is the unquestioned master of the greed-fueled plot, crammed with treacherous types aiming to destroy each other. He is in top form once more, presenting a gallery of low-lifes that could even baffle Sam Spade. [17 June 1985]
90
It's a showcase for Nicholson in an astounding performance as the dim but lovable hit man, Charley Partanna. [14 June 1985, p.27]
90
The zinger of a climax is, appropriately, the blackest joke of this blackest of comedies. [17 June 1985, p.89]
90
It's like "The Godfather" acted out by The Munsters...Everything in this picture works with everything else - which is to say that John Husto has it all in the palm of his big, bony hand.
88
A work of crazed distinction. [14 June 1985]