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The Grifters

Roy Dillon's (John Cusack) life is turned upside down when a con job goes bad. His estranged mother, Lilly (Anjelica Huston), who happens to be on the lam, reunites with her son to oversee his health care, only to be faced by Roy's headstrong, competitive, con-artist girlfriend Myra Langtry (Annette Bening). Myra does her best to win over her man in Stephen Frears's darkly funny and intricately layered look at life's seedy side.
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Netflix Rating: 3.4
NYT Critics' Pick
Swindler trio. Taut, funny melodrama. Read the review
Rotten Tomatoes® Scores
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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  full review
 
A mannerist thriller that doesn't begin to work despite the number of talented hands involved.
Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader  full review
 
Cusack underplays Roy, making him an unbelievable wiseguy, a colorless cipher too akin to the saps he loves to fleece.
Variety Staff, Variety  full review
 
The Grifters is so good that one leaves the theater on a spellbound high.
Vincent Canby, New York Times  full review
 
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  full review
 
This is one human board game that's absorbing to watch.
Desson Thomson, Washington Post  full review
 
This is a movie of plot, not episode. It's not just a series of things that happen to the characters, but a web, a maze of consequences.
Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times  full review
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