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In his filmmaking debut, British theater director Matthew Warchus strains to "cinematize" the play. This mostly means relentless crosscutting, with not only Lyle's and Vinnie's journeys being overlapped, but also fragmentary flashbacks in which the teenage Lyle, Vinnie, and Lyle's haunted wife (Sharon Stone) are played by Liam Waite, Shawn Hatosy, and Kimberly Williams. Only Albert Finney, as a racing official implicated in their old scam, appears in both time frames--with unintentionally grotesque results.
The complicated editing can't conceal that there's nothing complex, or compelling, about the characters' sins. Stone doesn't show up till the third act (a ploy that worked better onstage), and is outshone by the always-intriguing Catherine Keener playing the sweet-natured dim bulb who has lately won Vinnie's heart. Back-to-back Oscar winner John Toll photographed. --Richard T. Jameson
I wouldn't really know if people do these kinds of things; I've never done anything like it.
Why Nick Nolte, Jeff Bridges, and especially Albert Finney would lend their name to this garbage should be the subject of a book.
The story sputters along after that with all sorts of character development and flashbacks.
What a terrible, ponderous, senseless movie. With Sharon Stone touted in the cast, one would at least hope for some attractiveness in the film, but she was painted with some kind... Read morePublished on September 27, 2004 by C Brunner
The plot and the characters become incomprehensible about midway through the film. About three quarters of the way through, I was thinking, "What is the point of this... Read morePublished on May 13, 2004
This one stars a very derelict looking Nick Nolte, a handsome Brook�s Brothers suited Jeff Bridges and a very young looking Sharon Stone. Read morePublished on July 14, 2002 by Stephen M. Bauer
A kentucy horse breeder owner (Jeff Bridges) plunges into the aftermath of a racing scam after his derelict buddy (Nick Notle) calls from california and makes murky references to a... Read morePublished on November 6, 2001 by Christian Pelchat
guys There's nothing really wrong with the movie It's competently acted, well filmed, and although first-time film director Matthew Warchus doesn't really open up the film, nothing... Read morePublished on May 14, 2001 by larry
"Simpatico" PLOT: The lives of a rich horse-breeder and his wife are turned upside-down when an old friend returns with some incriminating evidence to link them to a... Read morePublished on May 10, 2001 by vengeance
This is a movie in which I could not understand what they wanted to convey and what the movie meant.
The storyline is weak. Read more