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The Grifters

HD   R Closed Captioning

Stephen Frears

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About the Movie

Academy Award®-winning actress, Anjelica Huston (Best Supporting Actress, Prizzi's Honor), John Cusack (Martian Child) and Annette Bening (American Beauty) star in this acclaimed hit, directed by Stephen Frears (The Queen), where seduction and betrayal could lead to murder! When small-time cheat Roy Dillon (Cusack) winds up in the hospital following an unsuccessful scam, it sets up a confrontation between his estranged mother Lilly (Huston) and sexy girlfriend Myra (Bening). Both Lilly and Myra are ruthless confidence artists playing the con game in a league far above Roy...and always looking for their next victim! The question soon becomes who's conning who as Roy finds himself caught in a complicated web of passion and mistrust!

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews

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90%
  • Reviews Counted: 39
  • Fresh: 35
  • Rotten: 4
  • Average Rating: 7.9/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: The Grifters is so good that one leaves the theater on a spellbound high. – Vincent Canby, New York Times, Nov 6, 2009

Fresh: Best to savor The Grifters for its handsome design -- the picture looks as clean as a Hockney landscape -- and its juicy performances. – Richard Corliss, TIME Magazine, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: It seduces you into believing it's merely a cheeky trifle, and then, when you least expect it, lowers the boom. – Hal Hinson, Washington Post, Nov 6, 2009

Fresh: This is one human board game that's absorbing to watch. – Desson Thomson, Washington Post, Nov 6, 2009

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Customer Reviews

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Great cast, direction, editing, and camera work, But most of all smart adult dialog. Hollywood needs to figure out, there is an audience with brains, and an attention span longer than that of a twelve year old. No big explosions, CGI, or car chases, but still entertaining. Wow what a concept.