Confidence may be mannered at times, but its shell-game plot is alive with organic trickery.
Owen Gleiberman - Entertainment Weekly
If Confidence was made by people who have seen too many movies, it seems to be aimed at people who have seen too few.
A.O. Scott - New York Times
Andres Kahar - Guardian [UK]
- Guardian [UK]
On a level with Steven Soderbergh's blah remake of Ocean's Eleven.
Mike Clark - USA Today
Getting taken for a ride with someone at the controls -- these are the elements that keep us watching.
Desson Thomson - Washington Post
Makes you smile while its fingers do the swiping.
Stephen Hunter - Washington Post
Confidence is really no more than a B-movie with a particularly ace cast. But that's part of the pleasure.
Ty Burr - Boston Globe
Lazily assembles a batch of movie stars, turns them loose on a script that reflects nothing so much as a committee interpretation of every other caper flick, and lets them bounce off each other like so many overpaid billiard balls.
Mark Holcomb - Village Voice
As pulp entertainment, Confidence is great fun and Foley's first good movie since the very different Glengarry Glen Ross.
Jack Mathews - New York Daily News
A sharp, witty thriller.
Eric Harrison - Houston Chronicle
The con game movie sometimes seems smitten with its own coolness, and the big scam doesn't offer much surprise. But watching the pieces fall into place is fun, and the cast has a great time.
Philip Wuntch - Dallas Morning News
Surely there is something wrong with a movie that is supposed to make you go Wow! yet instead provokes a great big Huh?
Peter Rainer - New York Magazine
What a shame, that such a well-made movie is never able to convince us it is anything more than merely well-made.
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
Foley keeps the action moving swiftly enough that you don't have time to enter analytical mode.
Mark Caro - Chicago Tribune
While Foley's movie has style to burn, style does not a movie make.
Carrie Rickey - Philadelphia Inquirer
You know you're being manipulated, set up for the big switcheroo, but the players are so juicy and the plot blips along with such momentum that you can only hang on and enjoy the ride.
Colin Covert - Minneapolis Star Tribune
Confidence isn't great and it's not trying to be. It just wants to take your money and show you a good time. It's an enjoyable way to be taken.
Tom Long - Detroit News
At its best, Confidence is a weak remake of The Sting, without the charisma of Paul Newman and Robert Redford. At its worst, the movie wastes a talented cast.
Bill Muller - Arizona Republic
Overplotted, overcontrived, overshot and overedited.
Rex Reed - New York Observer
What it shares with most of its predecessors is a sterling cast, in this instance almost entirely male, and the willingness of several talented performers to play against type, with entertainingly comic effect.
Andrew Sarris - New York Observer
A stylish, compelling crime caper full of smoothly navigated plot twists.
David Rooney - Variety
Beware movies that open with lengthy voice-over narration. Particularly if they star the ever-more -annoying Ed Burns.
Lou Lumenick - New York Post
Hoffman rules the movie like the King rules the crime world, by what seems like some natural birthright.
Jay Boyar - Orlando Sentinel
A feature lesson in how not to make a caper movie.
Peter Howell - Toronto Star
Unlike with Mamet, there's no real payoff, not in insights, psychology or language -- just a clutch of anxious-to -charm movie stars, a puzzle-box plot, and an ending that encourages us to applaud venality.
Liam Lacey - Globe and Mail
A movie about a long con that, like its leading man, has no wit or style to speak of.
Charles Taylor - Salon.com
Identity is suicidally insecure.
David Edelstein - Slate
For those who enjoy movies about heists, cons, and double-crosses, this will satisfy.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
Doug Jung supplies a slick and clever screenplay that maps out all the moves like a chess master teaching a class, while veteran director James Foley casts the movie oh so sweetly.
Kirk Honeycutt - Hollywood Reporter
This is a one sweet sexy sting of a movie.
Peter Travers - Rolling Stone
A breath of stale air that likes to pretend hard guys always have a witty answer to every question and fatal bullets to the head leave tiny bloodless holes.
Kenneth Turan - Los Angeles Times
Jennie Kermode - Movie Gurus
Con man meets the mob. Violent, grown-up tale.
Nell Minow - Common Sense Media
Blake DePastino - Baltimore City Paper
Felix Vasquez Jr. - Cinema Crazed
Urban Cinefile Critics - Urban Cinefile
- Empire Magazine
- Time Out
- Film Threat
Andrea Chase - Killer Movie Reviews
Jammed with double and triple-crosses that make Doug Jung's confusing screenplay secondary to the film's overall look.
Steve Crum - Kansas City Kansan
Tony Medley - tonymedley.com
While it sometimes fails to live up to its title, Confidence ultimately, wins us over-in short, it dazzlingly does what all good cons are supposed to do.
Jay Antani - Los Angeles Alternative
Jeremiah Kipp - ToxicUniverse.com
Misses the first rule of whodunnit filmmaking and never recovers; if you fool me once, you have to at least give me a reason to care that I've been fooled.
Oz - eFilmCritic.com
...the performances elevate a standard con game plot.
Lori Hoffman - Atlantic City Weekly
Garcia, who plays the least glamorous role of his life, does the best job of thieving each scene he's in.
Charlie Brown - FilmStew.com
Podemos ate admirar a engenhosidade do tal 'golpe perfeito', mas nao nos importamos muito com seus resultados.
Pablo Villaca - Cinema em Cena
certainly rivals con-film king Mamet for the choppy, colloquial crispness of its dialogue, but lacks something of the intricacy of Mamet's plotting.
Anton Bitel - Movie Gazette
With this crew doing the conning, I'm happy to be suckered.
Jurgen Fauth - About.com
Jennie Kermode - Eye for Film
Jonathan W. Hickman - Entertainment Insiders
'It's great to have Hoffman back from his self-imposed movie exile.'
Paul Arendt - Teletext
- Sydney Morning Herald
Matthew Turner - ViewLondon
Confident performances from confident performers, indeed, all chewing the kind of post-Tarantino dialogue that's dotted the genre's recent landscape.
Shannon J. Harvey - Sunday Times (Australia)
- Sunday Times (Australia)
Not quite as clever as it thinks it is, but it's still too clever for its own good.
Kim Linekin - eye WEEKLY
Christy Lemire - San Francisco Examiner
- Boston Phoenix
While Confidence is packed with all the ballsy bombast of Glengarry, it lacks the heart-stopping tension.
Stella Papamichael - BBC
This isn't the worst film of its kind, but it isn't the best either. "Confidence" is only Hollywood's most recent attempt at a cookie-cutter sting/heist film... If you want something other than junk food, go rent "Diggstown" again.
Kevin A. Ranson - MovieCrypt.com
Garth Franklin - Dark Horizons
Robert Roten - Laramie Movie Scope
Foley has definitely had his share of bombs - remember Madonna in Who's That Girl, or Marky Mark Wahlberg in Fear - it is apparent that he has found his niche with Confidence.
Susan Michals - FilmStew.com
James Kendrick - Q Network Film Desk
Rich Cline - Shadows on the Wall
Mark R. Leeper - rec.arts.movies.reviews
...engaging material with brisk pacing and breezy style... [Includes cast and director interviews]
Carlo Cavagna - AboutFilm.com
The problem here is, however, that the real game is the filmmakers'. As I left the theater, I couldn't shake the feeling that I'd been had.
Jules Brenner - Cinema Signals
Director James Foley has taken the heist genre to new heist with his latest film, CONFIDENCE, a slick film that has twist and turns that will leave you enthusiastic at the end
Wilson Morales - BlackFilm.com
There's just nothing all that original about Confidence.
Audrey Rock-Richardson - Tooele Transcript-Bulletin (Utah)
So fun and well paced that you'll caught in its web before long
Marty Mapes - Movie Habit
It goes quickly, has a neat little ditty of a performance by Dustin Hoffman and features some con man trickery of average entertainment value.
Eugene Novikov - Film Blather
Riding the line between hardcore and lighthearted, the film ultimately plays out as a quick-paced, fun heistcapade.
Spence D. - IGN Movies
Confidence may have plenty of cojones, but there are frankly too many similarities to better movies to make it more than a footnote in the con caper genre.
John R. McEwen - Film Quips Online
The prime-cut cast is its strongest asset.
Matt Brunson - Creative Loafing
Even if it has been done before, it can be done again as long as it's done well. And Confidence does it pretty well.
Kevin Carr - Film Threat
As a self-assured exercise in style and plotting, I suppose that Confidence works. Yet, there's something emotionally unsatisfying about its characters.
KJ Doughton - Film Threat
"Confidence" -- it's both self assurance and the art of scamming.
Linda Cook - Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
...gritty and intriguing.
Tony Toscano - Talking Pictures (U.S.)
I would recommend it whole-heartedly to any fan of the genre.
JoBlo - JoBlo's Movie Emporium
... Confidence does suffer a bit from some plot devices that haven't been original since The Sting, but it's a top-notch character study and a fun exercise in style.
Richard Roeper - Ebert & Roeper
Confidence has a nifty scam at its core, but it also has enough confidence of its own to let the fine performances be the real star of the show.
Mike McGranaghan - Aisle Seat
Confidence is too familiar a grifter flick to take me for a sucker.
Dennis Schwartz - Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Screnwriter Doug Jung strings together one recycled plot twist after another in this generic grifter tale.
Beth Jones - Roanoke Times (Virginia)
Kimberley Jones - Austin Chronicle
An excellent ensemble cast takes 'Confidence' down a fun and unpredictable road.
Diana Saenger - ReelTalk Movie Reviews
Director James Foley tries to slip the ole rubber peach past us and mostly succeeds.
Boo Allen - Denton Record Chronicle (TX)
Foley's nourishing and naughty narrative provides plenty of "confidence" in which to draw upon. This is a gently convoluted but smooth scam piece that sucks the audience into its wily realm of mischievousness
Frank Ochieng - Movie Eye
There are some exceptionally satisfying moments to enjoy here.
Shirley Sealy - Film Journal International
Thanks to a gaggle of actors doing character turns ... Confidence has a certain brio that overcomes its mechanical feel.
Marshall Fine - Journal News (Westchester, NY)
A wow of a story.
Jean Lowerison - San Diego Metropolitan
Eric D. Snider - EricDSnider.com
On one level, it doesn't *seem* new and familiar, and yet here it is, feeling so anyway.
Karina Montgomery - Cinerina
A tedious and twisting slog that, by the end, closes its fist on thin air. There is not a moment of true depth--character, narrative, or otherwise--in a single frame of this 98-minute waste of time.
Dustin Putman - DustinPutman.com
Lead by a confident cast, Confidence gives yet another entertaining view of the wonderful world of con artists
Kit Bowen - Hollywood.com
If you've been to one or two of these, ranging from The Sting to Reservoir Dogs, your familiarity is liable to have bred some contempt.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul) - St. Paul Pioneer Press
This ship leaks, and it sinks if you have experienced Mamet's House of Games, Claude Chabrol's The Swindle, Fabian Bielinsky's Nine Queens or Stephen Frears' The Grifters.
David Elliott - San Diego Union-Tribune
With pieces this familiar, the only thing that matters is if they're moved energetically toward a really good payoff. And in its final third, Confidence generates the puzzle-solving satisfaction of The Spanish Prisoner.
Katrina Onstad - National Post
Confidence is The Sting without period appeal, humor, the charisma of Robert Redford or Paul Newman and the quietly seething villainy of Robert Shaw.
Lawrence Toppman - Charlotte Observer
How much you're willing to give Foley and company a pass for this depends on how much you dig this genre's familiar elements.
Gene Seymour - Newsday
Dustin Hoffman should play villains more often.
Robert Denerstein - Denver Rocky Mountain News
Even an occasionally clever story about thieves needs a beating heart at its center to keep audiences from feeling cheated.
Dan Lybarger - Kansas City Star
- St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Mary F. Pols - Contra Costa Times
A very smart thriller.
Mick LaSalle - San Francisco Chronicle
This is strictly a by-the -numbers affair, camouflaged ever so slightly by some nifty rapid-fire dialogue and the requisite double crosses and plot twists.
Joe Baltake - Sacramento Bee
As slick and sharp as an Armani suit.
MaryAnn Johanson - Flick Filosopher
There's enough hard-boiled style here to nudge this movie into the worth-seeing category.
Moira MacDonald - Seattle Times
Finally [Burns] seems comfortable playing leading man, to the point where he can look Hoffman in the eye without coming off like a kid drowning in the deep end.
Robert Wilonsky - Dallas Observer
Has all the appeal of an Enron hearing.
Gary Thompson - Philadelphia Daily News
Delicious con game movie with beautifully crafted characters.
Victoria Alexander - FilmsInReview.com
The combination of emotional anemia, predictable plotting and tepid language makes what might have been a crackerjack treat play like a soggy piece of popcorn.
Shawn Levy - Oregonian
Still entertaining even if you figure out where it's heading.
Sean Means - Salt Lake Tribune
- Baltimore Sun
While it is no classic, it is a thoroughly engaging, provocative and funny film, especially true if you like sardonic humour.
Bruce Kirkland - Jam! Movies
A swinging flick.
Terry Lawson - Detroit Free Press
Confidence can make you feel good about being played for a sucker.
Bob Strauss - Los Angeles Daily News
Unlike the best cons, we can always see the con artists at work. But at least it's fun to welcome James Foley back to the game.
Stephen Whitty - Newark Star-Ledger
Sit back and enjoy the sharp performances and stylish ambiance that are clearly this film's real reason for existing.
Maitland McDonagh - TV Guide's Movie Guide
Worth the price of admission if only to see Hoffman play a slimeball, he's great!
John Venable - Supercala.com
Rarely has being bad seemed this dull.
Rene Rodriguez - Miami Herald
I feel confident that Confidence will not end up anyone's short list of great caper films.
Gary Brown - Houston Community Newspapers
Emily Blunt - Blunt Review
There are a lot of pros about the cons in this film.
Cherryl Dawson and Leigh Ann Palone - TheMovieChicks.com
Confidence is a slight-of-hand we've seen before but it's handled with enough confidence and pizazz to make it seem fresher than it is.
Louis B. Hobson - Jam! Movies
A caper thriller that's fast, funny and smart.
Jeff Vice - Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Con thriller ensemble is cozy and cute -- and perhaps a little too content with how familiar it is.
James Rocchi - Netflix
The pleasures of this movie are not so much in the plot as in the small moments of character. That's where the real surprises and freshness are.
Nell Minow - Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
Confidence missteps in so many ways that you don't have to be a chess player to see ten moves ahead.
Erik Childress - eFilmCritic.com
If you don't look too closely and pay no attention to that man behind the curtain, the film delivers a clever confidence game, if not much else.
Sean Axmaker - Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Looking for a good con? Put your faith in Confidence.
- E! Online
They meet cute when she picks his pocket; Jake admires her nerve, if not exactly her skill, and he makes an offer, Walter Neff-ishly: "I'm talking about a grift, and it pays well."
Cynthia Fuchs - PopMatters
An empty house of style, written in dim Mamet Lite.
Bruce Newman - San Jose Mercury News
What's most entertaining is watching the members of its ensemble cast as they make the most of their little moments.
Jay Boyar - South Florida Sun-Sentinel
Clearly debut screenwriter Doug Jung has soaked up a lot of sources and there's not a stinker in the bunch.
Duane Dudek - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
As long as you don't expect that, or mind such material and can accept its minor problems, you'll probably enjoy this offering.
Jim Judy - Screen It!
Burns is so convincing as a scamster, you'd keep your hand on your wallet if you ever saw him walking toward you. It's a role Burns was born for.
Phil Villarreal - Arizona Daily Star
'Confidence' isn't as terrible as it is dull. There's nothing offensive, because there's simply not much there.
Leslie Katz - culturevulture.net
The film is as tricky and superficial as its low-life characters, using visual flimflam to mask its lack of substance.
David Sterritt - Christian Science Monitor
A smart and sassy dark comedy that will keep you laughing and guessing until the very end.
(CNN.com) Paul Clinton - CNN.com
A little better plotting by a master of the form -- like a David Mamet -- and Confidence would have been fabulous. Flawed, it's still robust fun, thanks to its colorful ensemble.
Jack Garner - Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
A pretty cool con with some pretty cool acting.
Eleanor Ringel Gillespie - Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Confidence may be a rerun, but it's a rerun worth watching.
Tor Thorsen - Reel.com
The plot is interesting enough to keep the audience guessing what will happen to whom, but the film's end turns out to be simpler than fans of the genre might have hoped for.
Ross Brooks - Citysearch
It's a good film that strives to be great, a sharp piece of noir that can't quite sucker us the way the best in the genre do.
Rob Vaux - Flipside Movie Emporium
As tasty treats for the brain go, this one's quick, stylish and, last but not least, confident.
Sean O'Connell - Eclipse Magazine
Confidence is a nifty caper flick exploring the greed that animates con men and the marks they prey upon with such gleeful abandon.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat - Spirituality and Practice
Paul Clinton (CNN.com) - CNN.com
Proof positive--if proof were needed--that James Foley, when he's at the top of his game, is at the top of the game.
Walter Chaw - Film Freak Central
The movie reels us in, plays to our baser instincts, invites our trust, flatters our skepticism, and pays us out again at the precise moment our guard is let down.
Ella Taylor - L.A. Weekly
In place of honestly clever storytelling, we get a fascinating supporting turn from Hoffman, who once again proves his ability to sell even the most pedestrian material.
Steve Schneider - Orlando Weekly
On par with a typical episode of Boomtown.
Jon Popick - Planet Sick-Boy
Edward Burns' cocky poise makes this energetic ode to the con virtually spin.
Jeanne Aufmuth - Palo Alto Weekly
Doesn't live up to the best examples of the con-game genre, but thanks to the efforts of the colorful cast, the sleight-of-hand is sufficiently dexterous to make it a pleasant, if empty, diversion.
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
Confidence dresses itself up in some pretty old clothes, but they can still look pretty sharp on people who know how to wear them.
Jim Lane - Sacramento News & Review
While heavily indebted to Quentin Tarantino's "Pulp Fiction," this is a dandy, double-crossing, duplicitious little crime caper that's slick, stylized and snazzy. Why is it that a well-crafted con can be so satisfying?
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Brian Orndorf - Modamag.com
A final twist that will knock your socks off with sharp dialogue and a breakneck pace throughout.
Harvey S. Karten - Compuserve
Oh, this is a good film. Fun curious dialogue rolls across the tongues of rich likable characters to create a strong thumping pace that never lulls.
Ross Anthony - Hollywood Report Card
Stunningly original sting movie that puts the majority of sting movies to shame.
Blake French - Filmcritic.com
Seemingly inspired by Pulp Fiction, The Sting and anything presented by the word processor of David Mamet...yet still the flick entertains in its own right. And wait till you see this CAST!
Scott Weinberg - eFilmCritic.com
The overcooked plot may sometimes burn you out, but the absolutely superb cast makes the movie. The film is so much fun that you won't mind how dizzy all of the twists make you.
Steve Rhodes - Internet Reviews
All of the elements for an entertaining caper -- a clever script, enjoyable performances, atmospheric cinematography -- are in place.
Annlee Ellingson - Boxoffice Magazine
Even if a good heist/grift movie struggles in places, a good payoff will still make it work and that is definitely the case here.
Don R. Lewis - Film Threat