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Year
1990
Runtime
110 min.
Director
Stephen Frears
Genres
Crime, Drama, Thriller
Rating *
7.0
Votes *
18,058
Checks
2,872
Favs
120
Dislikes
42
Favs/checks
4.2% (1:24)
Favs/dislikes
3:1
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  1. Siskoid's avatar

    Siskoid

    I don't think I liked The Grifters. It stars John Cusack as a small-time short con operator with an Oedipal complex (not my favorite dynamic, ick), Anjelica Huston as his mother who works a racket with the mob, and Annette Bening as a long con operator who uses sex as a weapon and is currently slumming it as his girlfriend. It's got some interesting cons going, but turns into a brutal thriller that doesn't sit well within the genre, and I wish I understood what Huston was doing at the track, but I just don't. The movie doesn't do a good job of explaining it, which it should considering the amount of time spent on it. And then there's Benning falling out of her clothes every few minutes. It's not necessary. The overall effect is the creation of an interesting drama about the relationships between untrusting, damaged hustlers, but its third act turn wastes the first two's potential on shock noir. I get that it's trying to be grittier and in a way more realistic than most movies about grifters, but heightened melodrama is its own kind of irreality, and I think that line is definitely crossed. 6 months 1 week ago
  2. Asberg's avatar

    Asberg

    Who is a boy gonna talk to if not his mother? 2 years 1 month ago
  3. Dieguito's avatar

    Dieguito

    A good movie, a debut of the genre 6 years 10 months ago
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  1. This movie ranks #233 in TSPDT 1000 Noir Films
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  2. This movie ranks #254 in 500 Essential Cult Movies
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  3. This movie ranks #362 in The Best 1,000 Movies Ever Made
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  4. This movie ranks #380 in The Guardian's 1000 Films to See Before You Die
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  5. This movie ranks #422 in Halliwell's Top 1000: The Ultimate Movie Countdown
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  6. This movie ranks #909 in Have You Seen? A Personal Introduction to 1,000 Films
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