A stunning vehicle -- a white Cadillac among the other mainstream American movies of the season.
Vincent Canby - New York Times
In the end, Money is a scratch, a contrived cliffhanger that sets us up for Hustler III.
Rita Kempley - Washington Post
Scorsese gets you inside the game in a way most sports movies never hint at.
Paul Attanasio - Washington Post
It doesn't have the electricity, the wound-up tension, of [Scorsese's] best work, and as a result I was too aware of the story marching by.
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
A solidly crafted entertainment that, for the most part, strikes a successful balance between commercial necessity and personal expression.
Pat Graham - Chicago Reader
Pic has a distinctive pulse of its own with exceptional performances by Paul Newman and Tom Cruise.
The Color of Money is a good movie, but perhaps not a good sequel.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
We are not on Rocky's side of the street, but in Martin Scorsese country, where bent character, not sentiment, shapes destiny, and the best the struggling human spirit can hope for is a split decision.
Richard Schickel - TIME Magazine
It's entertaining and at times even insightful, but nowhere near as powerful-or memorable-as "The Hustler."
James Plath - Movie Metropolis
Working with his crack technical team, Scorsese turns the film into a high-wire act, using everything from the crack of the balls to the soundtrack (best bit: Cruise playing and preening to Warren Zevon's "Werewolves of London") to pump up the action.
Matt Brunson - Creative Loafing
A gamble that teens will get this adult's movie.
Heather Boerner - Common Sense Media
A joy to see two masters (Scorsese and Newman) at ease with their work, and one, Cruise, in the making.
Angie Errigo - Empire Magazine
A hard act to follow, but Scorsese does it in style.
Lacking the urgency, dramatic momentum, and mood of the wonderful 1961 The Hustler, Scorsese's sequel is an enjoyable but ultimately disappointing sequel, and one of his most generic and least personal works.
Emanuel Levy - EmanuelLevy.Com
Word is that Paul Newman gave Iggy Pop the cold shoulder during the filming.
Cole Smithey - ColeSmithey.com
Boasts two bravura performances--from Newman, who finally -- and deservedly -- won an Oscar for Best Actor, and Cruise, who is a joy to behold. Watch for Forest Whittaker and Iggy Pop in colorful bit roles.
- TV Guide's Movie Guide
Scorsese's direction at its most downmarket and upbeat -- never have pool tables, balls and cues looked so rich and strange.
Stephen Garrett - Time Out
The new version has a tension all its own.
Dennis Schwartz - Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Undernecessary sequel. Cinematography was incredible, though.
Widgett Walls - Needcoffee.com
Thomas Delapa - Boulder Weekly
For the bulk of the run time, The Color of Money excels on its intended terms as a sexy genre picture, mostly thanks to an energetic star turn courtesy of Tom Cruise.
Jeremy Heilman - MovieMartyr.com
Matt Bailey - Not Coming to a Theater Near You
The film is carried by Paul Newman's intelligent performance.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat - Spirituality and Practice
Mike McGranaghan - Aisle Seat
Jules Brenner - Cinema Signals
As atuacoes seguras do trio principal e a direcao energica de Scorsese transformam o bilhar em um jogo tao fascinante quanto o futebol ou o poquer.
Pablo Villaca - Cinema em Cena
Rebecca Murray - About.com
Josh Gilchrist - Billings Outpost (Montana)
Slick and intriguing, Cruise and Newman shine
Clint Morris - Moviehole
A adequate fulcrum for getting Paul Newman his long-deserved Oscar. But everyone involved has been better.
Rob Vaux - Flipside Movie Emporium
Philip Martin - Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Gritty, weary and blue, it's a worthy successor to "The Hustler."
Rob Thomas - Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Nicolas Lacroix - Showbizz.net
A bit slow at times, but great watching Cruise and Newman.
Michael Szymanski - Zap2it.com
Nell Minow - Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
If you're going to make a sequel to something as beloved as "The Hustler," make sure you get a brilliant director to handle the project.
Scott Weinberg - eFilmCritic.com
Jeffrey Westhoff - Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)