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Original title: Matador, The
• USA: Dec 30, 2005
Budget USD 12,500,000
The Matador Website
Rated R for strong sexual content and language.
1 hour, 37 minutes
Country USA, Germany, Ireland
Stratus Film Co., DEJ Productions, Equity Pictures Medienfonds GmbH & Co. KG II, Syndicate, The, Furst Films, Irish DreamTime, Arclight Films, Yari Film Group (YFG) (uncredited)
Studio Weinstein Company
More info on IMDb.com
• The Matador (2005)
|Genre: Crime, Thriller, Drama, Comedy|
Tagline: A hitman and a salesman walk into a bar...
Plot: Julian Noble (Pierce Brosnan) is a hit man who's very good at what he does. He’s in Mexico City doing another job but sadly for Julian, he has reached a low point in his life—the murder business has all but killed him.
Danny Wright (Greg Kinnear) is also in Mexico City on business, although a decidedly different kind of business. Danny lives in Denver with his wife Bean (Hope Davis), and while they may have troubles financially, there is a youthful lust between them that belies ten years of marriage. Danny finds himself in Mexico City for a business opportunity whose outcome could be the difference between solving all his financial problems or falling even deeper into debt.
One night, at the hotel bar, these two men meet. Before long, they find themselves involved in a strange friendship—built on the dark and drunken honesty shared among strangers who believe they will never see each other in the light of
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The Matador is solid entertainment through and through and will be worth seeing again and again just to watch Brosnan mop up the scenery. Hopefully, future Bonds will be given such the chance.
--Erik Childress (eFilmCritic.com)
The Matador" is an arch and offbeat comedy and an assassination thriller rolled into one. It's got two great leads who have a fantastic chemistry together...Unlikely that "The Matador" will prove to be a box office sensation of any sort, but those who are always on the lookout for something a little bit strange and a little bit sweet, make sure you keep your eyes peeled for this one. At the very least you'll never again look at Pierce Brosnan as "just that James Bond guy."
--Scott Weinberg (eFilmCritic.com)
Extremely enjoyable, superbly written comedy drama with a terrific comic performance from Pierce Brosnan.
--Matthew Turner (ViewLondon)
Dark comedies like this one are far too rare these days. If you get a chance to see this one, take it.
--Scott Nash (TheMovieBuffs.com)
...The Matador may not be a movie for everyone. Unfortunately, black comedies often aren't. But, if you're the type of person who can appreciate the lost art of storytelling and want to see a post-007 Pierce Brosnan in a stand-out performance, The Matador will not disappoint. 8/10
--Liam Cullin (EmpireMovies.com)
|There's nothing edgy or groundbreaking about The Matador, but it's funny, touching, and ultimately endearing - and it's tough to ask more of this sort of film. |
--James Berardinelli (ReelViews)
"The Matador" doesn't break any new ground in the buddy genre, nor does it even rate as one of its best, but it's an amusing enough little comedy with enough offbeat hooks to make it stand out from the herd. B-,B-
--Robin and Laura Clifford
If the purpose of movie making is entertainment, this is one of the best of the year. 8/10
--Tony Medley (TonyMedley.com)