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6.11 h 39 min202115
Christoph Waltz, Vanessa Redgrave and Annette Bening star in the thrilling true story of a smooth-talking social climber scaling the ranks in D.C., who comes under investigation when his wealthy, well-connected older wife turns up dead in their home.
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Brett RatnerJohn ChengDavid GersonAndrew LevitasBrad Feinstein
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3.8 out of 5 stars

553 global ratings

  1. 42% of reviews have 5 stars
  2. 21% of reviews have 4 stars
  3. 22% of reviews have 3 stars
  4. 7% of reviews have 2 stars
  5. 8% of reviews have 1 stars
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Ian PolkReviewed in the United Kingdom on 16 September 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
An interesting story, well acted
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A welcome relief from the ongoing trend of big-budget, big-action, low-meaning, low-IQ films that seems to characterise a movie world in which the need to cover spiralling costs by selling into markets whose first language is not English means that the traditional stalwarts of film-making - character, dialogue, and a plot proceding from these - have been marginalised at best.
Basically, this is a true (ish) story about a psycopathic liar set upon achieving wealth and status, played by Christoph Waltz, opposite Vanessa Redgrave, both of whom are excellent (as they virtually always are).
It's also directed by Waltz and is efficiently done in this regard.
Unusually for a film made in particularly the last two to three years, I sat all the way through it and at no point thought 'not another piece of crap, surely', so that's a step in the right direction as far as I'm concerned.
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M.B.Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 05 September 2021
1.0 out of 5 stars
Christoph Waltz self-indulgent
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It started well, unfortunately, the movie turns quickly into a one-man show. Vanessa Redgrave and Annette Bening have so little to do. It's a crime to underuse such wonderfully talented actresses. Waltz is great to start with, then you get tired of everything evolving around him. As for the story it makes little sense and you get so annoyed with Waltz character - so irritating and over the top that you don't even care anymore.
John SaddlerReviewed in the United Kingdom on 19 September 2021
2.0 out of 5 stars
Saw this a few weeks ago and have entirely forgotten what it was about...
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My memory was that it was a bit ho-hum. A kind of political Washington satire that seems entirely implausible, but then you realise it's based on a true story about a creepy plausible con artist who takes over the life of a wealthy political socialite, is gay but he marries her and proceeds to worm his way into the power circles in the Capitol's top echelons. How far can he take it? Will he get away with it? There are good performances from Vanessa Redgrave and Annette Bening in particular, but frankly I could have stopped watching at any time and not even regretted it, which, for something that's billed as a crime film is not good. It's more of a curiosity than anything else, a way to pass a couple of hours. Not as much of a success as it should have been given the calibre of the cast...
Phillip Coombes-2012Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 25 August 2021
1.0 out of 5 stars
Slow and no story line
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This film is typical of the state of the film industry poor story line poor scripts and fall into two type of film. 1 kill as many people in as many ways , gorier the better. 2 weak plot and slow to no story.
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Songbird ukReviewed in the United Kingdom on 02 August 2021
1.0 out of 5 stars
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Good performances from Redgrave and Benning but didn’t see enough of them. Otherwise poorly cast...Mott was very amateur.
Shame as it’s a good story but badly scripted.
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Grace A.Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 28 July 2021
3.0 out of 5 stars
Fascinating true story
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A bizarre true story about a social climber who married a much older woman with connections and managed to get close to some powerful people in the government and wheedled his way into the Washington society by being a smooth-talking liar and a cheat. Very watchable!
The ArrowReviewed in the United Kingdom on 04 July 2021
1.0 out of 5 stars
It could have been good but the Directing was not adequate I any way
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The acting was very good ,but the direction & photography And postproduction where for th most part very poor, the story line was fractured and tedious to follow
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Richard ThomasReviewed in the United Kingdom on 20 September 2021
2.0 out of 5 stars
'On Balance' not really even worth £1.99
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NOT terrible however NOT worth the money. All a bit obvious (in plot/etc) a bit of a 'NON-STORY'. While we were watching it, I simply thought after the first THIRD must for more to HIS/this story...BUT .....NO...NO....NO....the film followed the obvious/simple plot that one expected.....
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