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