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At Theaters: 4/25/2003 On Video: 9/16/2003
Rated: R Length: 1 hr. 38 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 399995
Studio: Lions Gate Films
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Jake has just swindled thousands of dollars from the unsuspecting Lionel Dolby with the help of his crew. But when both Lionel and Big Al turn up dead, it becomes clear that Lionel wasn't just any mark; as Jake soon learns, he was an accountant for eccentric crime boss The King. Jake offers to repay "The King" by pulling off the biggest con of his career.
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Crime Thriller - This is a crime/caper film full of dark humor, plot twists, violence, and strong language--definitely a film for an adult audience.
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Cast and Crew Heading
Edward Burns LIFE OR SOMETHING LIKE IT, 15 MINUTES
Rachel Weisz ABOUT A BOY, THE MUMMY RETURNS, ENEMY AT THE GATES
Andy Garcia OCEAN'S ELEVEN, JUST THE TICKET
Dustin Hoffman MOONLIGHT MILE
Director: James Foley THE CORRUPTOR
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About The Production
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Content Heading
PROFANITY: Well over 30 F-words, over 30 S-words, 5 GD's, many others.
SEX/NUDITY: Some brief sexual situations with nudity.
VIOLENCE: Shootings, fights, beatings.
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Frequent alcohol and tobacco use.
ACTION: One big fight scene.
COMEDY: Dark humor and wisecracks.
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Above Average

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James Berardinelli, Internet Critic  Full Review
Good "Confidence has a high enough entertainment quotient that it's possible to overlook a great many flaws. This brash production doesn't expect a lot more from its audience than undivided attention. It plays by the genre's rules and toys with the viewer's expectations, but it never does anything truly unexpected or amazing.''

Roger Ebert  Full Review
Average "Confidence is a flawless exercise about con games, and that is precisely its failing: It is an exercise. It fails to make us care, even a little, about the characters and what happens to them. There is nothing at stake... At the end, we can see how smart he is and how everybody was fooled, but we don't care.''

USA TODAY  Full Review
Above Aveage "Even with Burns' smoothest performance yet as a lead, Confidence is on a level with Steven Soderbergh's blah remake of Ocean's Eleven. But because no one is expecting much, it seems a little better. Movies can pull off sleights-of-hand, too.''

TV Guide Online  Full Review
Average "Forget understanding the sting, which has something to do with start-ups and offshore bank accounts — just sit back and enjoy the sharp performances and stylish ambiance that are clearly this film's real reason for existing.''

Note: The rating above is our interpretation of what the critic would give this movie based on their review. We are not affiliated with these critic's in any way.

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Based on an Exit Polling of 105 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
How
Many
Your Probability of
Enjoying This Movie
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Would
Recommend
Movie To Friends
20-29Yg Adults (M)
6
High
83%
20-29Yg Adults (F)
3
High
100%
30+Adults (M)
46
Fairly High
83%
30+Adults (F)
50
Fairly High
88%
*Possible Ratings: Very High, High, Fairly High, About 50/50, Fairly Low, Low, Very Low.

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OPINION OVERVIEW
The following is the original "What's Worth Watching" write-up for this movie.

Moviegoer Opinions:

Not too great. There were almost no opinions of "Fantastic" and not many "Excellent" ones. When "Good" and "Very Good" make up the majority of opinions AND there are some very low opinions, it indicates, at best, an OK or average movie. Some will enjoy it quite a bit, some will not care for it and most will be somewhat satisfied.

With these opinions I would recommend waiting for it to come to video. Your probability of truly enjoying it is pretty low.

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Sorry, we were not given an advance screening of this movie.


D ETAILED S TORYLINE
What Jake Vig (Edward Burns) doesn't know just might get him killed. A sharp and polished grifter, Jake has just swindled thousands of dollars from the unsuspecting Lionel Dolby with the help of his crew - Insideman Gordo (Paul Giamatti) and Shills Miles (Brian Van Holt) and Big Al - and two corrupt LAPD officers -Whitworth (Donal Logue) and Manzano (Luis Guzman). But when both Lionel and Big Al turn up dead, it becomes clear that Lionel wasn't just any mark; as Jake soon learns, he was an accountant for eccentric crime boss The King (Dustin Hoffman).

Never one to shy away from a challenge, Jake offers to repay "The King" by pulling off the biggest con of his career. The mark? Morgan Price, a banker with deep ties to organized crime. With so much riding on the outcome, Jake decides to bring in a brash, blonde pickpocket named Lily (Rachel Weisz), who joins the crew in a complex scheme involving corporate loans, creative accounting, wire transfers and off-shore accounts.

The first sign of trouble comes when Lily arrives for work with a head of freshly dyed red hair, a bad omen if ever there was one. To make matters worse, Jake also must contend with his old nemesis, FBI agent Gunther Butan (Andy Garcia), Morgan Price's henchman Travis (Morris Chestnut) and a double-crossing partner. Against these diminishing odds, Jake and his crew will have to stay one step ahead of both the criminals and the cops to finally settle their debt.

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