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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.
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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James Berardinelli, Internet Critic
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.''
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.''
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 OnlineFull
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
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OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
Watching" write-up for this movie.
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.
Cinema Review Prediction: (before moviegoer opinions are collected)
Sorry, we were not given an advance screening of this movie.
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
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.